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The Recycling Association, Heritage House, Vicar Lane, Daventry, Northampton, NN11 4GD

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Staff contacts


Simon Ellin

CEO of The Recycling Association Ltd and IWPP Ltd

After graduating in environmental science and completing a PhD on the effects of various air pollutants on the ecosystem, Simon moved into the recycling arena over 30 years ago. He has occupied a variety of operational and commercial roles and joined The Recycling Association in 2009. He is now Chief Executive of both the Recycling Association, and its trading company, IWPP Limited. During his time, the association has further evolved into a high-profile global brand providing support for members in a huge growth industry. Simon is very clear on the strategy for the Association over the next few years and lists the balance of supporting members through the most unpredictable trading period they have ever experienced whilst ensuring quality and compliance along with a coherent regulatory infrastructure that compliments the government’s ambitious Resources and Waste Strategy as his greatest career challenge.


Chris Burton

Commercial Director of IWPP Ltd

After a commercial career in general waste management, Chris joined IWPP Ltd as Commercial Manager in 2011 and was promoted to the board of directors in 2016. Chris has overseen the evolvement of the trading company to complement the global trade flows of recycled materials and has delivered the strategic European market focus of the company. On a day to day basis, Chris balances the supplies of fibre with regulatory quality standards whilst providing members and others with a reliable and competitive service.


Arlene Butler

Arlene is a richly experienced accounts administrator and joined The Recycling Association in 2006 and now manages the Daventry Office. An experienced accounts manager, Arlene is responsible for the administrative commercial aspects of the of the trading company and the association, ensuring the businesses run like clockwork and that members are served beyond their expectations.


Donna Sanderson

Donna joined The Recycling Association in 2010 as an administration clerk and is now the shipping manager with the particular focus on ensuring the smooth running of the trading company. Donna has overseen the smooth transition of European exports in the post-Brexit environment and provides valuable support to the CEO with the day to day running of The Recycling Association.


Lee Thickett

Head of UK Operations, Traqa

Lee has over 15 years’ experience in the recycling industry, managing multiple operations and contracts across the UK. Lee’s commercial and operational knowledge of working with recovered paper suppliers, hauliers and shippers allied to his administrative experience of managing the flows of recovered paper into the UK and export market, is invaluable for the roll out of Traqa where he is responsible for pulling together the suppliers and exporters of materials into the global marketplace to utilise the new cutting edge Traqa technology.