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PDS Join The Recycling Association Plastics Focus Group

Inaugral Meeting of the Recycling Association Plastics Focus Group

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".

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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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