Environmental consultancy Resource Futures will take ownership of the National Household Hazardous Waste Forum (NHHWF) following a decision by the forum’s executive committee.
Resource Futures has agreed to purchase the company, or other equivalent arrangements, from the NHHWF’s directors for a “nominal sum”.
From 31 March, NHHWF memberships will expire and the website will remain open “for the time being” while previously membership-only presentations and documents will be moved to a free network, Resource Futures added that it “does not expect” to organise future seminars itself in the immediate future, but it will “keep this option open.”
The decision to approach Resource Futures was reached after a letter was sent to members in February 2011, inviting them to respond with their preferred options for the future of the Forum, and no clear way forward was identified from the 12% response rate.
Resource Futures chief executive Jane Stephenson said: “The involvement with the NHHWF illustrates Resource Futures’ ambitions to be at the forefront of this area of waste management. The company recognises that hazardous household waste is still a ‘live’ issue, particularly as more materials are being diverted from landfill into material recovery systems, and therefore the hazardous nature of the remaining residual waste stream becomes more concentrated.”