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J&B attends the first virtual North East Recycling Forum


J&B Recycling was pleased to attend the first virtual North East Recycling Forum since restrictions have lifted.

Two of the quarterly meetings that bring together local authorities and recycling specialists in the North East were cancelled earlier this year due to Covid-19, so it was great to hear from Lee Marshall, CEO of LARAC, on The Local Authority Response and John Scanlon, CEO of Suez, on The Industry Response last week.

Mark Penny, Commercial Manager at J&B Recycling, said: “The changes within the recycling industry have been varying depending on sector but nonetheless substantial for us all to deal with.

“For the sector to be able to come together as a region, to once more analyse and learn from one another was brilliant. We hope we can continue to adapt and grow in light of the changes we have suffered as an industry.”

Discussions took place around the impact of Covid on material flow, with the tonnage of recyclables increasing during lockdown and how local authorities had worked to manage the opening and closing of 80% of Household Waste Recycling Facility’s and new ways of organising collections.

The industry is faced with an ever-changing landscape with a possible upcoming recession, China closing its doors to commodity markets, Brexit and the introduction of the Plastics Recycled Content tax from 2022.

The NERF has been active in the North East for over 30 years with J&B Recycling supporting the forum with its sponsorship by being ‘A Friend of NERF’ since 2013.

It offers a forum for the public, private and community sector to share best practice in waste and recycling issues through the running of meetings that are of interest and relevance to the sector.

J&B Recycling is also proud to be supporting Recycle Week 2020 this week, thanking both the industry and the nation for continuing to recycle despite the challenges we have faced over the last year.

To find out more about Recycle Week, and to use the Recycling Locator to find out what to recycle where you live, visit

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