The newly-formed Waste Management Brokers Association (WMBA) recently held its first open forum event which was attended by over 70 waste and recycling service providers from across the UK.
The supply chain event is reported to have focused on developing “practical ways” that the association could work with and support local and regional providers of waste, recycling and resource management services.
According to the WMBA, the output of the day’s discussions will now be worked into a draft code of practice “to help ensure consistency within the broker market and the way that they work with the supply chain”. Key areas of attention are expected to include service levels, innovation, the proximity principle, sustainable procurement, data management, education and training.
WMBA communications director, Max Kanda, said:
“There is a genuine willingness for brokers and their suppliers to both enhance the customer experience and realise the commercial potential of large national contracts that in isolation, neither party would be able to service.”
Gary Connelly from Surrey-based waste and recycling specialists, Chambers Recycling, added:
“Involving suppliers at this early stage was a refreshing approach.”
The WMBA said it will soon launch its proposed membership options for those wishing to work with the Association.
The WMBA was formed by UK waste brokers UK Waste Solutions (UKWSL), Specialist Waste Recycling (SWR) and Newstar Environmental (Newstar)