Inaugral Meeting of the Recycling Association Plastics
Wednesday 29th April saw the inaugural meeting at the
Daventry head office of the new Recycling Association plastics
focus group. The Recycling Association Chief Executive Simon Ellin
explained the purpose of the group.
"Many of our established members have diversified their
operations over the past few years where recovered plastics have
become an integral part of their businesses and we felt we needed
to offer them greater representation. In addition to this, we were
approached by other dedicated plastics recyclers whom felt
underrepresented in certain areas of their businesses and had
noticed similarities between their own concerns and what The
Recycling Association have been campaigning on primarily for the
paper industry - these include threats to exports, the PRN/PERN
issue, overzealous compliance, commercial insurance issues and to
promote confidence in the use of recycled plastics. We invited a
selection of plastics industry specialists whom we already had
links with, to a meeting to discuss if we did indeed have areas
where we could work together. The consensus was an over whelming
yes, and the companies we invited have all agreed to become members
and we will now drive the initiative forward and we will aim to
attract new members from the plastics industry".
Left to right in the photo we have - Carl Water, Plasgran;
James Goodwin, representing Acorn Recycling; Phil Profit, Land
Polymers; Chris Rothery, PDS Ltd, Adrian Jackson, President TRA;
Roly Rimmer, Plasgran; Simon Ellin, TRA; Sky Li, 99p Recycling; Tim
Land; Land Polymers; Chris Collier, CK Polymers.
Dr Ellin goes on to add "We firmly believe that by combining the
forces of paper and plastics, we can gain an even greater voice
with which to influence decision makers. Trading is still tough out
there and we believe that by protecting UK interests whilst keeping
an open and level playing field for exports with sensible
compliance, we can continue to nurture the fantastic success story
that is the UK recycling infrastructure. If we merge the common
voices of paper and plastics together, we can create a much
stronger voice with which to achieve our objectives".
The plastics focus group will meet on a regular basis and will
feed through to the board of Directors of The Recycling
Association. Another objective is appointing directors whose
primary speciality is plastics onto the TRA board.
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