RESOURCE ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES IN WALES AND WELCOMES WELSH GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO SUPPORT REPROCESSING AND RECYCLING INDUSTRY

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Wales' Environment Minister John Griffiths

John Griffiths, Minister for Environment for the Welsh Government, addresses delegates at the launch of the Resource Association in Wales

The Resource Association, the trade association for the reprocessing and recycling industries has today held its Welsh launch event, supported by Environment and Sustainable Development Minister John Griffiths AM. 

At an event in Cardiff Bay for industry stakeholders and members of the Welsh Assembly, Mr Griffiths warmly welcomed the Association to Wales.  He said:

“The vision of the Resource Association is one that the Welsh Government shares; we too want a resource-efficient materials economy that realises value, recognises quality, and seeks to maintain the integrity of the secondary materials that are too commonly treated as waste.

“The Resource Association shows forward thinking with its vision and mission statement which are closely aligned with the aims and objectives of our overarching waste strategy ‘Towards Zero Waste’.”

At the reception, Mr Griffiths took the opportunity to launch the Welsh Government’s Collections, Infrastucture and Markets Sector (CIMS) Plan which maps out their clear intention for a stronger resource management industry in Wales.

Welcoming the Minister to the event, the Association’s Chief Executive Ray Georgeson said: “We are delighted that Mr Griffiths has joined us today to launch the CIMS Plan and to restate his commitment to a resource-focused approach for Welsh waste and recycling strategy.  With their ambitious targets and clear approach, the Welsh Government are sending a powerful signal to the industry that Wales is a place for reprocessors and recyclers to do business as part of the growth of the green economy that we all need.  The Resource Association looks forward to playing a full role in shaping the resources based economy for Wales and working with all parts of the recycling supply chain in Wales.”