Industry body representing recycling industry says there is ‘less demand’ for its cross-sector approach
The Resource Associationis to shut down by the end of the year citing economic uncertainty and “less demand” for its cross-sector approach to policy work.
The organisation, which represents organisations across the secondary materials supply chain, announced the news of its closure yesterday afternoon.
“It is with a heavy heart that we make this announcement today, but the time is right for us to close the Association,” said chief executive Ray Georgeson in a statement. “We are currently exploring opportunities to pass on the baton for some of our activities to strategic partners in the resources industry.”
The body has worked since 2011 to represent the interests of a range of stakeholders in the recycling industry, including local authorities, packaging producers, and recycling companies.
It has been a regular contributor to the public debate on waste and recycling, and claims to have influenced many of the policy proposals in the government’s new Resources and Waste Strategy.
“We are encouraged that many of the key objectives identified when we founded the Resource Association are now present in Defra’s recent Resources and Waste Strategy, as well as in the policies of the devolved governments,” Georgeson added.
The decision to close Resource Association’s doors is expected to be ratified at a meeting of members on December 10, with the organisation set to wind down completely by December 31.