|Back row, from left: John Rice, Graeme Carus, Graham Davy, Shane Mellor, David Barraclough and Stan Whittaker
Front row, from left: Ian Hetherington, Adrian Dobbs, Susie Burrage, Alasdair Jackson, Jack Gomarsall and John Boyd
The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA ) has appointed five new board members to fill vacancies and replace members who are retiring.
The five new members of BMRA’s board are David Barraclough, director of Robinson & Birdsell; John Boyd, managing director at JSB Metals; Susie Burrage, director of Recycled Products; John Rice, a director of Metal & Waste; and Alasdair Jackson, operations director at Recycling Lives.
The BMRA says that the new members will represent the industry from a variety of geographical locations in England.
“We are delighted to welcome the new additions to the board as they bring a wealth of experience and will be able to serve our members well,” says Graham Davy, president of the BMRA.
Ian Hetherington, association secretary, says the metals recycling industry is a British success story, which makes a significant contribution to the economy and helps the UK reach the EU’s environmental recycling and recovery targets. Metals recycling leads the way in developing sophisticated material recovery processes and diverts waste metal away from landfill.
2013 was a year of change with the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act coming into force which replaced and modernized the legislation governing the industry for the first time in nearly half a century, according to BMRA. If properly enforced, it is hoped that this will help to foster a positive new era for metals recycling after several years of negative headlines about metal theft.
“Now that the Scrap Metal Dealers’ Act has come into force, the BMRA will concentrate on making sure the legislation is robustly enforced by the authorities with adequate resources,” Hetherington adds.
“However, the greatest challenge in 2014 and beyond is finding a way for the industry to successfully coexist with the communities they serve. Our members are often perceived as noisy nuisances instead of successful metals recycling sites which can lead to conflicts. Recycling is widely supported but unfortunately, few people want to live alongside it. This challenge needs to be resolved by the industry, political leaders and society in general, and soon,” Hetherington adds.