Plastics organizations add new members

U.K.’s Recoup and Europe’s EPRO post increasing membership numbers.

February 5, 2014
Recycling Today Staff

Twelve new organizational members have joined the U.K. organization Recoup, an industry research and consulting group that promotes the recycling of scrap plastics. Recoup says the growth in membership demonstrates the increasing focus on plastics and Recoup’s role in partnership working and motivating the supply chain to meet the challenges and targets the industry faces.

The new members include SITA UK, RPC Group, Viridor, Machinex, Kent Resource Partnership, Centriforce Products, PlasRecycle, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ashortwalk Ltd, Brunel University London, Campden BRI and Milton Keynes Council.

2013 also was a positive year for EPRO, an association of national organizations that manage, research and promote recycling and recovery of plastics throughout Europe. Since 2012 three new members joined EPRO from the Netherlands, Canada and South Africa, bringing the total number of member groups to 19, (including Recoup) from 16 countries.

“Membership growth in 2013 for two key plastic recycling associations demonstrates growing importance of plastic recycling and continued commitment from leading stakeholders,” observes Stuart Foster, CEO of Recoup.

EPRO works with European Union (EU) institutions and is increasingly involved in robust data gathering on plastic recycling, best practice monitoring, and informing and monitoring the strategies and policies to recycle more plastics in the future. EPRO provided input into a number of key discussions in 2013 including the EU Green paper and other directives on plastic resource management.

Founded in 1990, Recoup comprises a network of members who represent all sectors in the plastic supply and recycling chain. The name, Recoup, is an acronym for the recycling of used plastics. The organization works to support plastic recycling research and development among other initiatives, Recoup says.

Says Foster, “in 2014, Recoup will continue to deliver a range of strategic, research and practical activities and projects across the plastics supply and recycling chain in partnership with its members and other stakeholders to improve the plastic recycling opportunity.”

“There is still much work to be done to ensure plastics are seen in a more positive light,” says David Baker, general manager at RPC Group and trustee of Recoup, “but Recoup’s achievements over the past 23 years have undoubtedly made a significant contribution to creating greater awareness and understanding of plastic recycling and recyclability, and we look forward to helping to build on this success.”