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News round-up 17/2

New TRA president; Recyclate uses promotion; DHL in CE100; Unlicensed scrap dealer fined

New TRA president

The Textile Recycling Association (TRA) has appointed Ian Woods (above) from Next Best Clothing as its new president.

Woods takes over from Ross Barry at the end of March and aims to steer the association into new developing areas in what continues to be a very difficult trading period, according to the TRA.

Woods said: “I am honoured to be taking on this role.  Despite the economic difficulties, there is lots of really important work going on to develop and secure the long term future of the industry.

“We look forward to continuing our work with WRAP and Zero Waste Scotland on the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan, and through the Bureau of International Recycling we will continue to push the textile recycling agenda at international level.

“This industry is in a position to make a significant contribution to the circular economic and carbon reduction targets and the TRA will be at the forefront of this.”

Press Release

Need to promote recycled plastic uses

Creating increased and sustained demand for recycled plastics in products is essential for the industry, said charity RECOUP.

A statement said: “Aspirations of increasing plastic recycling levels, improving resource efficiency and adopting circular economy systems simply aren’t realistic in practice unless we can ensure that a strong and consistent demand exists to use more reprocessed plastic materials across the UK and Europe.

Stuart Foster, Recoup chief executive officer said: “There are so many fantastic applications and products now using recycled plastic, and we need to be making much more noise about it.”

Press Release

DHL joins ‘Circular Economy 100’

Deutsche Post DHL has said it will focus on improving logistics models that enable a more circular economy of goods, as it announces it has been accepted as a “Circular Economy 100” (CE100) member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The company said it will focus on improving understanding and fostering development of logistics models that enable a more circular flow of goods to allow more effective reuse, remanufacturing and recycling of products and avoid waste.

Members of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation CE100 are representatives of companies, innovators, and regions that join forces to contribute to a renewable, circular economy with individual projects or with their entire business orientation.

The foundation was set up in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to a renewable, circular economy

CIWM Journal

Unlicensed scrap collector fined

A van owner who ignored repeated requests to provide evidence he was a licensed to collect scrap metal has been ordered to pay almost £500 in court costs and fines.

At Banbury Magistrates’ Court on 10 February, Gheorghe Bechian, from Birmingham, admitted to failing to comply with the requirements of a notice issued under the provisions of Section 71 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £150 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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