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BMRA elects new president

Michael Oppenheimer, managing director of Brookside Metal and senior vice president of the non-ferrous division of the Bureau of International Recycling has been elected as president of the British Metals Recycling Association.

Currently, the deputy president, Oppenheimer takes over from Michael Wright, who had come to the end of his tenure. The BMRA changes the president regularly to avoid one president’s position dominating for too long.

 “I’m delighted and proud to be following in the footsteps of Michael Wright who has steered the BMRA through the difficult economic times we have faced in the last two years,” said Oppenheimer.

“I want to continue Michael’s good work in promoting the £5 billion UK metals recycling industry. Our key messages remain the same: metals recycling is good for the UK economy, good for jobs and good for the environment.”

He explained that he will continue to drive the Agenda for Change policy document the BMRA launched in November last year, which outlines how the Government can support the industry.

“The need to protect the environment and divert waste from landfill will remain national and international priorities. And the BMRA and its members still have a vital role in ensuring those priorities are addressed. In my new role as president I will also work to make sure the right policy and regulatory framework is in place to achieve these objectives,” Oppenheimer added.

Welcoming the new president to the BMRA, its director general Ian Hetherington said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Michael Wright in the last two years and I look forward to working with the new president as we go forward.  Michael has been at the heart of UK’s metals recycling for nearly 40 years and he knows the industry inside out. I’ve no doubt he will work tirelessly to promote the interests of metal recyclers in his new role.”

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