After 11 years as president of the Textile Recycling Association, and its forerunner Recyclatex, Terry Ralph has announced he is stepping down. The news came as Ralph gave his speech at the TRAs annual general meeting this week.
Ralph said: Two years ago, I was honoured to be asked to continue as president of the TRA for a further three years. I said I would review the position year by year. I have now decided after 11 continuous years holding office in Recyclatex and the TRA that in view of the momentous and monumental opportunities around the corner that a younger, more mentally agile member should take my place.
Ralph named his preferred successor as current vice president Gerald Cemmell and added he was recommending him as to the board as the next president.
In his speech, Ralph said the past year had been an astounding if not an outstanding year for textile collectors and sorters.
He explained: We have as usual paid so much for textiles that if one looks at the profit margins of our members and collectors it is amazing that we are still in business.
Ralph warned that the industry was not immune to the wider global recession and said the sector had been lucky considering the dire prospects of other recycling products.
While leading banks cannot obtain money to lend to our manufacturing industries, why would lack of worldwide currency not affect our businesses in the long term?
He also said the sector could not expect the usual amount of quality clothing to be disposed of by traditional methods as people were losing their jobs and household names were going bust.
But he also highlighted positive opportunities for the sector including a call to work with charity shops and the Government to increase the proportion of textiles recovered through doorstep collections. And he welcomed the Governments Sustainable Clothing Roadmap.