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Quality First Recycling Conference

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BPP University Law School

68-70 Red Lion Street



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The Quality First Recycling Conference is a must attend event for those involved in all aspects of the UK's recycling and secondary commodities sectors.

Organised by The Recycling Association, the event poses the important question: is UK recycled material good enough to compete with our global counterparts? And if not, who is responsible and what needs to be done?

Furthermore, the conference will reflect on:

  • The changing requirements of UK and global markets

  • Ambiguity within the sector's compliance infrastructure

  • How the UK can break through the barriers that are holding back quality improvements

  • How to stamp out the deliberate and illegal trade of sub-standard materials

  • The importance of a full supply chain approach - starting with the householder and local authority; encompassing the recycler and reprocessor and logistics partners; and ending with the manufacturer

Why is this important?

If quality is not improved, the UK faces the possibility of declining markets for its materials - both here in the UK and globally. That would mean less UK jobs and could also lead to stockpiles of waste that would need to be landfilled or incinerated.

At this event we will discuss the steps already being taken and any further actions needed to re-position the UK as a supplier of the highest quality recyclable materials.

The Quality First Conference is part of The Recycling Association's campaign to improve UK recycling quality. You can read more about The Recycling Association's Quality First Campaign here.

Who should attend?

  • Local and national governemnt representatives

  • Industry regulators

  • Legal teams

  • Waste management and recycling companies

  • Reprocessors and mills

  • Not-for-Profit organisations and assocaitions

  • Materials traders, merchants and organisations

  • Retailers and the FMCG sector

  • Manufacturers and product designers

  • Academics

  • Logistics organisations

While the conference focuses on UK quality, we welcome delegates from all countries to provide global context.


09.00 am: Registration.

10.00 am: Session 1 - The Quality Challenge. Who's responsible? What's the competition doing?


11.30 am: Session 2 - A question of materials. The design challenge.


13.55 pm: Session 3 - Is it illegal? Are you ready to go to court?


15.40 pm: Session 4 - Do manufacturers want more recycled content? Do consumers care?

16.45 pm: Closing comments.

The conference will be followed by networking drinks until 18.30 pm.

Click here for full programme details.


The programme is currently being finalised. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Nicola Cunningham, the Environment Agency

  • Nick Brown, head of sustainability, Coca Cola Enterprises

  • Wayne Hemingway MBE, designer and co-founder of Red or Dead

  • Kevin Vyse, head of packaging innovation and technology, Marks and Spencer

  • Wade Schuetzeberg, executive director - European region, ACN

  • Simon Ellin, chief executive, The Recycling Association


The Quality First Recycling Conference is sponsored by:

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