About the Wood Recyclers Association
The WRA has more than 100 member companies representing over 90 per cent of the UK’s wood recyclers and reprocessors.
We act on behalf of our members to provide a voice for the sector at the highest levels, working closely with the Environment Agency, DEFRA and other trade associations and recycling bodies to influence and advise on issues affecting our industry, including legislation.
Our members include wood recyclers and reprocessors, panel board mills, renewable energy suppliers, technology manufacturers, consultancies and specialist insurance and health & safety companies. We also enjoy reciprocal membership with CIWM and The Recycling Association, as well as our German equivalent BAV.
The WRA was formed in 2001 by a small group of wood recyclers who wanted to raise standards in the industry and ensure its needs continued to be recognised and met by those in power. Today the association is led by a board of nine, eight of who are elected by the membership and give their time on a voluntary basis, plus the Executive Director.
The WRA holds three members’ meetings a year which include presentations on a range of subjects from potential new markets to environmental and regulatory issues. We also aim to host at least one site tour of a member company at least once a year.
Our main aims are to:
- Influence environmental legislation
- Promote the sector to policy makers
- Assist members to understand and respond to changing market conditions, legislation and regulation
- Provide a platform for members to share non-competitive information
- Raise industry standards