Major recycling conference launched with key trade associations


The Recycling Event has been launched with the involvement of eight key recycling trade associations. 

Taking place on 2 July 2019, The Recycling Event will be a cost-effective one-day major conference that is aiming to attract hundreds of delegates. 


It will be held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. 

Recycling industry trade associations have been heavily involved in developing the concept behind the event and are part of the editorial board that is devising the content for the four conference theatres as well as networking opportunities. 

The trade associations involved are: 

  • The Recycling Association 
  • Alupro 
  • Confederation of Paper Industries 
  • Resource Association 
  • British Glass 
  • Wood Recyclers Association 
  • Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN). 

Additional associations may be announced prior to the event. 

The Recycling Event will contain four conference theatres. These are: 

  • Environment: for love or money? Theatre– dedicated to looking at examples of whether it is better to treat recycling and the environment as a market-based system or as the right thing to do 
  • The Delivery Theatre – a theatre looking at how we deliver the Resources and Waste Strategy and Circular Economy Package 
  • A Design for Lifecycle Theatre– how we design products for recyclability and the conditions necessary for using more recycled content will be looked at in this theatre 
  • The Market Intelligence Theatre – seminars and presentations dedicated to current market conditions and end destinations will be hosted in this theatre.  

Networking areas will include a dedicated networking café, plus an on-site pub. Indeed, there will be a free to attend pub quiz from 6pm on 2 July. More networking events will be announced soon. 

Finally, there will also be an opportunity for the most cost-effective exhibition space in the recycling sector. For just £750+vat, exhibitors will get a table top stand including a table, two chairs, two event tickets and space for two pull-up stands. Spaces are limited and can be booked online.  

Delegates will pay just £85+vat to attend, making this the best value conference in the recycling sector. A £5 donation will be made from each ticket sold to the charity WasteAid to assist its good work in developing recycling and waste programmes in developing countries. 

Day-to-day event organisation will be done by Hanicke Robins Sanderson with the close involvement of the trade associations mentioned above.  

The Recycling Association chief executive Simon Ellin said: “Trade associations have worked together to support this event, developing the conference content and networking opportunities. You won’t regret attending.” 

Alupro executive director Rick Hindley said: “Alupro is delighted to have been involved in organising The Recycling Event. It gives us a real opportunity to highlight the work we have undertaken, while providing a conference and networking event that will benefit our members.” 

Confederation of Paper Industries director of raw materials Simon Weston said: “CPI has decided to be involved in The Recycling Event as it supports the work that trade associations like us have been doing. By bringing all of the expertise from these bodies together, the content is likely to attract a large number of high-quality delegates and exhibitors.” 

Resource Association chief executive Ray Georgeson said: “Collaboration is vital for the recycling industry to meet the ambitious goals we will have as a result of the Resources and Waste Strategy and the Circular Economy package. This event provides the opportunity for collaboration not only among trade associations, but all parts of the recycling supply chain.” 

RECOUP chief executive Stuart Foster said: “Being involved in The Recycling Event is a fantastic opportunity for our members. We are very pleased to be involved in this major conference.” 

British Glass senior communications officer Sue Coffey said: “This major conference offers us the opportunity to promote our work, while also engaging with the wider recycling sector. We are really looking forward to being an integral part of The Recycling Event.” 

Wood Recyclers Association executive director Julia Turner said: “We are delighted to be supporting this event and getting involved in its organisation. I’m looking forward to attending this major conference that will look at a wide range of issues covering the entire recycling sector, as well as wood recycling.” 

INCPEN chief executive Paul Vanston said: “High quality collaboration is much needed if the UK is to reach recycling targets of 60% and higher. This timely new annual event brings colleagues together to help tackle the challenges we can’t take on alone.” 

Hanicke Robins Sanderson managing director Paul Sanderson said: “The Recycling Event has been designed to be the most cost-effective conference in the market for delegates, exhibitors and sponsors while providing fantastic and informative conference theatres and great networking. It should be a fantastic event.” 

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