Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Recycling trade associations

Trade Associations and Business Support Organisations for Recycling sector.

Additional resources

Business in the Community: Northern Ireland (BCNI)

BCNI is a business-led coalition that emphasises businesses' ability to contribute positively when it comes to social concerns.

Rethink Waste

Rethink Waste is a communications campaign of the Department of the Environment (DOE) in Northern Ireland. It aims to promote reduction and reuse of waste as well as recycling.

WRAP Northern Ireland

Wrap Northern Ireland is a branch of the UK-wide group Wrap, a resource efficiency charity.

Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS)

CRNS is a charity that aims to build a stronger community repair, reuse, recycling and upcycling sector in Scotland.

Recycle for Scotland

Recycle for Scotland is run by Zero Waste Scotland (see below) and aims to provide advice and information on how to recycle, help to protect Scotland's natural environment and benefit communities.

Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland is a Scottish Government funded scheme that is focused on reducing waste, increasing energy efficiency and promoting responsible water use.

Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (ALUPRO)

ALUPRO is an industry group that represents a range of actors within aluminium packaging, including primary producers, packaging converters, packer fillers and reprocessor/exporters.

British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA)

BMRA is a trade group that represents the UK's metal recycling sector.

Community Composting Network (CCN)

CCN is a UK-wide organisation that supports and promotes community groups, social enterprises and individuals which are involved in producing compost from green/food waste and using it in their local communities.

Community Re>Paint

Community Repaint is a network of schemes set up to allow for the reuse of paint.

Environmental Services Association (ESA)

ESA is a trade group that represent's the UK's resource and waste management industry.

Furniture Re-use Network (FRN)

FRN supports a range of charities and aims to relieve poverty and reduce waste by promoting the re-use of essential household furniture and electrical appliances to help people in need.

Motor Vehicle Dismantlers Association (MVDA)

MVDA is a trade group the represents the UK's vehicle dismantlers, salvage agents, metal recyclers, as well as those associated with the industry.

National Community Wood Recycling Project (NCWRP)

NCWRP was established to help set up and develop a nationwide network of wood recycling social enterprises.

Organics Recycling Group

ORG is a trade association that represents the UK's biodegradable waste management industry.

RECOUP Plastic recycling

Recoup works to develop and share the knowledge required to ensure effective planning and implementation of plastics recycling and recovery systems and associated policy.

Retread Manufacturers Association (RMA)

RMA is an industry group that represents the interests of UK-based manufacturers of retreaded tyres.

Textile Recycling Association (TRA)

TRA is a trade association that represents used clothing and textile collectors, sorters and reprocessors.

UK Cartridge Remanufacturers Association (UKCRA)

UKCRA is a group that represents British companies that recycle printer cartridges for resale.

The Carbon Trust can help your business to improve its energy use and reduce its carbon emissions.

Find other trade associations relevant to your business using the Trade Association Forum website.

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