The trade association, which represents the UK’s £5.6bn metals recycling sector, has elected Shane Mellor as its new president and EMR’s Graeme Carus as deputy president.
As Managing Director of Mellor Metals Ltd, Shane Mellor brings 38 years of experience in the scrap metals industry to the role. Shane initially became involved with the BMRA with the implementation of the End of Life Vehicle Directive, progressing to become Legislative Policy Chairman before being elected BMRA president.
Speaking of his new role, Shane said: “After a year of change, a lot of work still lies ahead for the BMRA and I hope to serve the interests of members well during my time as president by promoting the sector.”
BMRA’s new deputy president, Graeme Carus, is Director of Business Development at EMR where his responsibilities also include public and regulatory affairs, marketing, communications, producer responsibility and environmental consultancy.
Graeme said of his appointment: “I’m looking forward to working with Shane to encourage the Government and others to recognise that we cannot increase recycling without supporting those that actively carry out the task. This is something that is all the more important given the challenging economic times our industry is faced with.”
BMRA Director General, Ian Hetherington – “Now that the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act has come into force, the BMRA will concentrate on making sure the legislation is robustly enforced by the authorities with adequate resources”
The industry is a British success story which makes a significant contribution to the economy and helps the UK reach the EU’s environmental recycling and recovery targets. Metals recycling leads the way in developing sophisticated material recovery processes and diverts waste metal away from landfill.
2013 was a year of change with the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act coming into force which replaced and modernised the legislation governing the industry for the first time in nearly half a century. If properly enforced, it is hoped that this will help to foster a positive ‘new era’ for metals recycling after several years of negative headlines about metal theft.
BMRA Director General, Ian Hetherington added: “Now that the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act has come into force, the BMRA will concentrate on making sure the legislation is robustly enforced by the authorities with adequate resources.
“However, the greatest challenge in 2014 and beyond is finding a way for the industry to successfully communicate its genuine value to the society that we serve. Recycling is widely supported by society and public policy, but unfortunately, few people want to live alongside the facilities that make it happen. This challenge needs to be resolved by the industry, political leaders and society in general, and soon.”