News in Brief 16/09/16

Julia Turner appointed Executive Director of the WRA

News in Brief 16/09/16
The Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) has found its new Executive Director in Julia Turner, who will officially assume the position in October.

Turner is joining the association from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) where she has worked for 12 years in a roles including Senior Business Developing Manager and, most recently, Head of New Programmes.

During her stint at WRAP, she also worked as a Sector Advisor to Energy from Waste and Wood and as a Market Development Manager for the wood recycling industry.

Commenting on her appointment, Turner said: “I am really looking forward to working with the vibrant wood recycling industry again to help what is already a highly professional trade association move to the next level and to take advantage of the opportunities on offer to it.”

Andy Hill, Chair of the WRA, added: “Julia will play a key role in helping us to develop the Association going forward and in continuing our on-going work, including talking to the Environment Agency about its FPP guidance on behalf of our members.”

Further information on the appointment can be found at the WRA’s website.

Britvic and RECOUP team up to tackle festival recycling

RECOUP, the plastic packaging recycling body, joined forces with soft drinks company Britvic (producer of brands like Robinsons, J2O and Tango) at this year’s Fusion Festival (3-4 September) in Liverpool, to encourage attendees to recycle their empty plastic bottles.

Their work at the festival, which included installing a network of plastics recycling units and the distribution of gift bags made from recycled bottles, meant that nearly 10,000 plastic bottles were recycled, equating to close to half a tonne of carbon or enough energy to power up 982 smart phones for one year.

Anne Hitch, Communications Manager at RECOUP, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to be able to engage with festival goers and re-enforce the plastics recycling message. It is great that we have been able to work with Britvic again to help reduce the volume of waste normally sent to landfill from out-of-home consumption.”

For more information about the partnership, visit RECOUP’s website.

NI minister encourages households to help children’s heart charity by recycling

Michelle McIlveen, Northern Irish Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (MAERA), has encouraged homeowners to recycle as part of an initiative, launched in partnership with local charity the Children’s Heartbeat Trust and Bryson Recycling.

As part of National Recycle Week – taking place all this week – local companies have launched a pledge to donate £1 to the Children’s Heartbeat Trust for every tonne of paper, glass and plastic collected through Bryson’s weekly kerbside recycling service, which services more than 170,000 households in Northern Ireland.

Speaking about the initiative, McIlveen said: “What we see today is that recycling is not only good for the environment and the economy, it can also help charities as well. I would encourage everyone to be mindful when throwing things away and always consider recycling.”

More information can be found on Bryson Recycling’s website