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Recycling is already ahead of policy

The strong words on this week’s cover (below) from Marks & Spencer’s head of sustainable business stand out as the most significant in our sector during the past seven days. As we report on page five, Mike Berry is adamant that the circular economy is coming, whether we like it or not. We all gain when such marketplace drivers as M&S embrace and promote such key policies.

Another major policy change looming is the ban on cash for metal scrap. We believe the special poster included with this issue is a first for the magazine (but we can’t be sure in a history going back 100 years).

We have produced the insert in partnership with the British Metals Recycling Association to try to ensure that all scrap metal dealers know what is expected of them from next month.

Our thanks go to the Home Office and Cheque Exchange for helping to make it happen.

If your copy of the poster is missing, or you’d like another one, email us at

Two changes to mention here. The first is that editor Emma Maier is now on maternity leave, having stayed at her desk virtually until the due date. We wish the new family well. Deputy editor Andrea Lockerbie remains on maternity leave - there can’t be many magazines where the two senior journalists are both currently in this situation.

More mundane is a change in all of our telephone numbers at MRW Towers, ahead of an office move over the new year. The new numbers are listed here and take effect from Monday 12 November. Please note that calls to the existing numbers may not be answered.

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