Recycle NI, a new industry body representing resource and waste management organisations in Northern Ireland, has been launched.
The group, which aims to be the voice of the sector to all levels of Government, said it was the first time the country’s sector had organised such an industry body. Resource and waste management contributes hundreds of millions of pounds to the local economy and provides thousands of jobs, Recycle NI said.
Glyn Roberts, independent chair (pictured third from left), said the organisation’s membership was made up of conscientious business owners who recognised the challenges in the sector. The group will work collaboratively with decision-makers and political representatives to achieve positive change.
“Recycle NI will have a strong policy focus, and we will ensure that we will bring solutions to the Government rather than problems,” said Roberts, speaking at the group’s launch at Stormont.
“We believe that achieving high-quality recycling outcomes and meeting the requirements of the circular economy (CE) is the responsibility of all players in the supply chain, including the consumer.
“As the current programme for the Government rightly says, treating waste as a resource with a value, rather than something simply to be disposed of, can result in a society that uses finite natural resources more efficiently. It can help to ensure that our economy is more competitive, creating opportunities for investment and job creation through sustainable production and resource efficiency.”
He added: “We also want to be ready to engage with a restored executive and assembly, and ensure they hit the ground running with policy priorities which support the sector.”
Owen Lyttle, head of waste policy at the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (pictured second left), said the founding of the group was important because the sector needed to be fully engaged with decision-makers to realise the full economic potential of recycling and the CE.
”It provides the sector with a unified local voice to engage and collaborate with stakeholders, including Government policy-makers, which should result in benefits for the industry, the economy and the environment,” Lyttle said.
Pictured from left: Joseph Doherty of Re-Gen Waste, Lyttle, Roberts and Allison Townley of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency