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Steering group to address key issues

A new steering group has been named which it is hoped will influence the future direction of the UK waste strategy and address key issues affecting the industry.

It has been appointed by the Waste Action Forum (WAF) as it prepares to use its growing stature more fully. Set up in 2003, the not-for-profit organisation aims to strengthen the relationship between industry, the public sector and government to improve sustainable recycling performance and waste minimisation.

The new group includes Nigel Pritchard of Rockware Glass, Steve Gough of Valpak, Andy Doran of Novelis, Martin Green of UPM-Kymmene, Jessica Baker of Chase Plastics and Geoff Jones of Smye Holland Associates.

WAF founder chairman Nigel Pritchard said: Setting up the new steering group for the WAF has been an important phase in the development of the organisation.

A disconnected structure has evolved around the waste industry as it has grown over the years, the result of which has been different priorities and interpretations of regulations and inconsistencies in approach and judgement.

The world of local authority recycling will also be well represented in the group, with Jeff Moffitt of Gateshead Council, Susan Upton of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Paul Borrett of Norfolk County Council taking the other places.

By establishing this team, which represents a cross-section of people involved in waste management and who are highly experienced in the industry, and drawing on the collective knowledge of the people who attend our events, we can use our combined strength to influence future government thinking and policy on waste management in the UK, added Pritchard.

 

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