Welcome to Resource Recovery Forum
The Resource Recovery Forum is an international non-profit network of around 250 organisations interested in sustainable waste management - making better use of waste that is produced. The Forum's aims are simple.
RRF was established in 1997 and its membership is drawn from: industry; local & national government; international institutions; academia; the voluntary sector; waste management businesses; NGOs, and; consultants. We have member organisations from Canada and the USA across many European countries to Australasia. From AEA to Yale University.
RRF has five Trustees, one of whom is elected as Chair, every other year. Copies of the new, approved Memorandum & Articles of Association of the Resource Recovery Forum can be downloaded from here.
The Forum benefits from the members' Advisory Committee, a group of 30 members who are also elected every two years.
Members of the Forum receive many benefits. The Forum organises conferences and meetings, and both endorses and speaks at third party events. RRF operates a great news service, delivered daily (up to 1,000 items pa, no adverts, no attachments, just useful and topical information on policy & practice from around the world) or as weekly digests, and these come as emails or as a PDF attachment.
A single member organisation can add unlimited numbers of employees to this fine facility. Also, the items are archived online and are fully searchable. In 2010, the Forum introduced a more detailed report archive than ever before, where members can download copies of the RRF's own reports, funded through the UK Landfill Tax Credit system.These reports can be found here (you will need your RRF userid & password).
The Forum's regular Advisory Committee meetings (4-5 per year, usually in London) are open to all RRF members, and invariably feature an interesting guest presentation. Last December, Sarah Gray from WRAP attended and gave a presentation on recent food waste studies. Follow this link for Sarah's slides and the two studies. In April 2010, WRAP's Keith James gave a presentation on a study reviewing life cycle assessments related to recycling. Follow this for a copy of Keith's slides. In June, Julian Parfitt (Resource Futures) gave an illustrated presentation on a detailed 2010 review of MSW compositional studies. His presentation is available here.
In September, Ann Billings from TBL in New Zealand gave a presentation on waste management in New Zealand. The presentation is available from here.
On December 2, the RRF Advisory Committee received a presentation from AEA's Sarahjane Widdowson entitled "The use of Social Networks and modern technology in engaging residents in waste and recycling…". The slides can be downloaded from here.
On February 15, Nick Morley (Director, Sustainable Innovation at Oakdene Hollins) gave a presentation to the Resource Recovery Forum, on the important topic of critical raw materials. Nick's slides can be downloaded from here.
On April 8, 2011, WRAP's Environmental Manager Keith James gave a presentation on the recent Scottish Carbon Metric Technical Report. The Carbon Metric Reporting System for Recycling Performance is intended to inform waste policy and to promote a reduction in the environmental impact of resource use. The Carbon Metric was designed by the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland. Keith's presentation can be downloaded from here.
On June 7, Jane Bickerstaffe (Director of Incpen) gave a presentation on packaging and packaging waste. New research commissioned by INCPEN sets out the reasons why goods are packaged in a particular way, and the innovative technology behind the choices made. Jane's presentation is available from here.
- Dear Warmer Bulletin Subscriber
As you all know my father, Kit Strange, died unexpected and tragically in August 2011. With a huge amount of assistance from other members of the Residua Ltd team, both past and present, I have been trying ...
- RRF AdCo Meeting 11th October 2012
HelloI am writing to confirm that the meeting of the Advisory Committee of the Resource Recovery Forum scheduled for Thursday 11th October 2012 will take place as planned.Please note that AEA have moved ...
- RRF AdCo Meeting 11th October 2012 - Letter from Steve Read, Chair of Trustees
Dear RRF memberFollowing the tragic death of Kit Strange in August 2011 the RRF Trustees have been working closely with Kathie Tiffany, Kits daughter, and the staff of Residua Ltd to continue to provide ...
- Behaviour Change (0.8MB, 2011)
- Anaerobic Digestion Market Outlook, Overcoming Constraints to Deliver New Infrastructure (2.2MB, 2011)
- Review of the effectiveness of the waste disposal levy, 2011, New Zealand (1MB, 2011)
- Generation and treatment of municipal waste (0.2 MB, 2011)
- Altering the Structure of Household Waste Collection Markets (1.1MB, 2011)
- Guidelines on the R1 energy efficiency formula in Annex II of Directive 2008/98/EC (1MB, 2011)
- Commission decision on establishing the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for notebook computers (0.5MB, 2011)
- Recycling stops greenhouse gases - the contribution of the recycling and water management industry to climate protection (1.9 MB)
- Climate protection potential in the waste management sector - examples: municipal waste and waste wood (1.2 MB)
- International Review of Behaviour Change Initiatives: CLIMATE CHANGE BEHAVIOURS RESEARCH PROGRAMME (0.7MB, 2011)
- The Energetic Society In Search Of A Governance Philosophy For A Clean Economy (0.5MB, 2011)
- Plastics positive contribution to climate protection
- Waste and climate change: global trends and strategy framework (1.1 MB)
- International recycling experience for multi-occupancy households (3.7MB, 2010)
- New Zealand waste strategy 2010 (0.8 MB)
- A Study of Public Sector Food Waste Arisings and Processing Options within the North East Region (1.1 MB)
- Quality Protocol - Pulverised Fuel Ash (PFA) End of waste criteria
- Product Waste: Who Pays?
- Product Waste: Who Pays?
- Food waste within food supply chains: quantification and potential for change to 2050 (0.7MB, 2010)
- Defra - New Technologies Demonstration Programme - 2010 report collection (2010, 34 MB)
- Lanthanide Resources and Alternatives (4MB, 2010)
- Europe as a Recycling Society The European Recycling Map (0.5MB, 2010)
- UNEP year book: New Science And Developments In Our Changing Environment United Nations Environment Programme (102 MB, 2010)
- Task Force On Sustainable Lifestyles (8.4 MB, 2010)
- Municipal waste composition: a review of municipal waste component analyses (2010)
- European Pathway to Zero Waste
- European Commission
- Zero Waste South Australia
- Home Recycling Limited
- Biobin - Willunga, South Australia
- Instituto para la Sostenibilidad de los Recursos (ISR) - Madrid, Spain
- Resource Efficiency Pathway
- The Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network
- Word to Dialogue
- REG Bio-Power
- University of Bologna
- UK Resource Management.
- Frith Resource Management
WHAT'S LEFT TO SORT - RRF Conference 3rd July 2012
Sponsored by Nestlé UK&I
With recovery of plastic bottles now firmly established, the packaging
recovery chain is increasingly looking at how we can go further and
faster in recovering other polymers and film. The conference will
examine what is happening and what needs to happen in collection,
sorting technology and end markets to help inform manufacturers,
retailers, processors and local authorities to make strategic choices.
RRF Meetings 2012
Papers from previous meetings of the Resource Recovery Forum Advisory Committee are available to members from this page.
The Advisory Committee will meet on the following days during 2012:
- Wednesday, February 22, 2012
- Tuesday, May 8, 2012
- Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Meetings of the RRF Board of Trustees will take place as follows:
RRF Contact details
Resource Recovery Forum
BD23 6EA, UK
T: +44 (0) 1756 711 363