The first trade body for the waste, recycling and resource sector in Northern Ireland has been launched.
Recycle NI represents the views of member businesses to policy makers, the media and other stakeholders and acts as a representative body, and it states its key aims as:
- To promote and communicate the aims and positive work to political representatives, policy makers, the media and other stakeholders
- To demonstrate best practice by promoting legal and regulatory compliance
- To be an effective voice and point of contact for our members with all levels of government and with decision makers who have an impact upon our sector
- To ensure a level playing field for organisations of all sizes within our sector
- To educate the whole supply chain on the value of recovered material quality and how they can play their part in improving it
- To build more co-ordinated, supportive and consultative relationships with all of our stakeholders
- To work collaboratively with relevant bodies to eliminate waste crime
Its policy priorities include improving infrastructure for better resource management, improve understanding of funding and of hazardous waste policy, to assist in developing planning policy around recycling and waste management and to improve clarity regarding funding for all members.
Membership consists of “conscientious business owners who recognise the many challenges within the waste and resource management industry. We seek to work collaboratively with decision makers and political representatives at all levels to achieve positive change, benefiting the environment and the economy”, it says.
Sitting on the first Board of the organisation (which will be rotated) are Glynn Roberts of Retail NI as Chair, Joseph Doherty of Re-Gen and Andrew Billingsley of Plaswire as co Vice-Chair, Simon Stringer of Nipak (the Northern Ireland packaging waste compliance scheme) is Treasurer and Lisa McMaster, also of Retail NI is Secretariat.