Northern Ireland has launched its first trade body for the waste, recycling and resource sector called Recycle NI.
The body represents waste and resource management and recovery organisations throughout the country.
It said that it hopes to work collaboratively with decision makers and political representatives to achieve positive changes for the environment and economy.
A belief of the body is that achieving high quality recycling outcomes and meeting the requirements of a circular economy is the responsibility of the supply chain and the consumers.
It states its key objectives as:
- Promoting and communicating the aims and positive work to political representatives, policy makers, stakeholders and the media
- Being an effective voice and contact for its members with all levels of government and with decision makers who have impacts on the sector
- Ensuring a level playing field for organisations within the industry
- Educating the whole supply chain on the value of recovered material quality and how they can play a part to improve it
- Working with relevant bodies to eliminate waste crime.
The main policy priorities for the body includes improving infrastructure for greater resource management, assisting with developing planning policy surrounding recycling and waste and improving the understanding of hazardous waste policy.