On Wednesday 27th June, Leicestershire-based recycling company, Casepak held ‘The Five Step Approach to Recycling Performance’ conference at its state-of-the-art Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).
The conference was well attended by local authorities from across the UK as well as some of Casepak’s existing local authority clients, customers and suppliers. The premise of the conference was to bring together those in charge of recycling to discuss ways in which recycling performance and associated communications can be improved.
Kevin Thomas, Director, MRF Operations, for Casepak said: “The conference was all about how, as an industry, we can all work together by sharing our best practice and operational experiences to improve the quality of outputs supplied to UK reprocessors.”
The conference was supported by guest speakers Ray Georgeson, CEO of the Resource Association; Steve Waite, Sector Specialist at Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP); Kevin Pegg, Group Manager, Neighbourhood Services, Blaby District Council.
Kevin Thomas delivered a presentation on the challenges faced by local authorities and recycling companies in delivering good quality recovered materials to UK reprocessors.
Subsequent presentations investigated the role that effective local authority collections can play in contributing towards closed loop recycling and promoting the green economy. Guests were presented with the UK’s latest MRF statistics from WRAP and a case study from Blaby District Council showing how it had improved the district’s recycling rates.
All carried one core message which stressed that it is imperative to keep good quality material coming into UK MRFs in order to secure the future of the industry for many years to come and develop the sector further.
Each presentation sparked interesting questions and debate from delegates about how to increase recycling performance and, in particular, effective ways in which this can be communicated to residents.
The conference paved the way for further discussion on this matter.
Kevin Thomas continued: “The conference was the first step in this process – that’s why we wanted to host it at the MRF to showcase its technology but also to stress that technological advances alone will not deliver the quality needed and to emphasise how quality needs to originate from source. We need to work together to educate each other and spread best practice initiatives to keep the UK MRF industry alive. We had positive feedback from all who attended and we will certainly look into holding a similar event in the future.”
The conference was followed by a networking event at Leicester County Cricket Club where guests enjoyed a Twenty/Twenty match between Leicester and Yorkshire. Luck was on Yorkshire’s side on this occasion as they beat Leicester by four runs, winning the match.
Casepak operates the UK’s most technologically advanced MRF which came on stream in September 2011 and was officially launched in January 2012 by Lord Taylor. The £21 million facility has the capacity to process 150,000 tonnes of materials a year at a speed of 26 tonnes per hour, recovering 95% of material processed as a resource.