The launch of Resource Association (RA) has been welcomed as a “watershed moment” in the “transition from a wasteful to a resource-efficient society”.
Cylch Wales Community Recycling said it supported the RA’s aim that “realises value, prizes quality and seeks to maintain the integrity of the secondary materials which are still too commonly treated as waste”.
The RA will have an agenda-setting, advocacy and think-tank qualities, and focus on promoting the quality and reusability of materials.
Eleven organisations have signed up as founding members, including May Gurney, Novelis, Somerset Waste Partnership, Coca-Cola, Alloa Community Enterprises and Kent Waste Partnership.Cylch comprises more than 70 community waste minimisation, reuse, recycling and composting enterprises across Wales.
Cylch chief executive Mal Williams said: “We in the resource recovery sector have long been opposed by the vested interests of the waste industry, and even more constrained by the lexicon and industry jargon of waste, when trying to change the paradigm to resource efficiency.
“At last we can look forward to sensible progressive conversations where we agree to eliminate the word ‘waste’ altogether – as we should have been doing all along. Yes, waste was a mistake.”
Cylch said it wholeheartedly welcomed the RA launch, adding that its membership application was “in the post” and that it was “raising a glass to all those concerned”.