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Renewables groups merge

The Association for Organics Recycling (AfOR) is to merge with the UK’s largest renewables trade body, the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

The merger is due to be complete by the end of 2012 following a vote by AfOR members and will take REA’s membership to greater than 1,000 for the first time.

AfOR’s managing director Jeremy Jacobs will become REA’s technical director, while AfOR’s certification schemes, covering compost and biodegradable packaging, will move to REA’s commercial subsidiary.

Jacobs said the merger came as a result of the increasing move into anaerobic digestion by organics recyclers.

“This move will therefore bring tangible benefits to existing members of both associations. In addition, our certification activity has natural synergies with the two existing biogas certification schemes run by the REA’s subsidiary company REAL.”

REA chief executive Gaynor Hartnell added: “I’m determined that the UK makes more of its organic resources, for both energy production and enhancing soil quality. Waste management and renewable energy are entirely complementary, yet can so easily fall through the gap between different Government departments. 

“The needs of the organics recycling sector will now form part of REA’s high level advocacy with Government. We will be pressing hard for a joined-up approach.”

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