Resource Association to close at the end of the year

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Resource Association is today announcing that a decision has been taken to close the organisation on 31 December 2019, subject to the formal ratification by members in December. 

This decision has been taken in the context of changing priorities for its members which, at a time of economic uncertainty, have less demand for the cross-sectoral policy work that has characterised the role of the Association since its inception. 

Established in 2011, the Resource Association has represented collective interests across the whole secondary materials supply chain, collaborating with local authorities, collection and recycling companies, reprocessors and packaging producers.

Over the past eight years, the organisation has championed the economic and environmental benefits of high-quality recycling. This has included the development of an End Destinations Charter to encourage transparency about what happens to recyclables after they have been collected, as well as the development of the Recycling Quality Information Point (ReQIP), which sets out quality guidelines for processing recyclables in the UK. 

Commenting on the decision, Chief Executive Ray Georgeson said: "It is with a heavy heart that we make this announcement today, but the time is right for us to close the Association. We are currently exploring opportunities to pass on the baton for some of our activities to strategic partners in the resources industry.

“Speaking on behalf of the members, I know we can be proud of the work we produced in eight years of activity and the influence we have had on the agenda around material quality, transparency and circular economy thinking. 

“We are encouraged that many of the key objectives identified when we founded the Resource Association are now present in Defra’s recent Resources and Waste Strategy, as well as in the policies of the Devolved Governments. 

“I would like to thank all our members and associates for their extraordinary support and fellowship as we have pursued an agenda focussed on achieving the best environmental outcomes for waste resources.

"Finally, I want to say a special thanks to Andy Doran, our founding Chairman for his unstinting support throughout and to Carole Saul who has done a quietly magnificent job of managing our administration and events from the very early days.”

Resource Association Chair, Andy Doran, Senior Manager (Sustainability and Recycling Development) for Novelis Europe, said: “The decision to close the Resource Association is not one we have taken lightly, but at a time of reform in the industry, the current focus of our membership has changed. 

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Ray and Carole for their professionalism and dedication representing the interests of the Association’s members.”  

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITOR:

  1. The Resource Association was launched in November 2011 by a cross-sectoral group of reprocessors and supply chain partners to focus on championing the value of UK reprocessing and recycling in terms of employment, resource efficiency and integrity, carbon reduction and the role of recycling in the low-carbon, green economy.  

  1. Ray Georgeson has served as its Chief Executive on a part-time contracted arrangement with his consultancy Ray Georgeson Resources Ltd throughout the life of the Association.  Ray will be continuing with his other roles in the industry (including trusteeship of WasteAid and non-executive directorship of LondonEnergy) and maintaining his RGR consulting business.

  1. Carole Saul has served as its part-time Administrator throughout the life of the Association.

  1. The decision of the Board of Directors to close the Association will be ratified by Members at an Extraordinary General Meeting on 10th December, together with any confirmation of arrangements for handover to partners of elements of our work.  Handover partners will make their own statements in due course, there will be no further statement or comment on the closure arrangements by the Resource Association.