Resource Futures is hosting a conference to provide clarity around the latest MRF regulations to come out of Whitehall. The MRF Regulations event, on 1st July in Bristol, will bring together experts from Environment Agency, WRAP, Defra, Resource Association and waste management sector for an informative session including workshops about how to implement the regulations and improve the value from the kerbside to the reprocessing plant. Earlier this year, the UK Government passed the new Material Recovery Facility (MRF) Regulations that aim at improving recyclate quality and stimulating trade conditions. Under the new regulations, MRF operators with a capacity of over 1,000 tonnes will have to test the composition of material received and products produced. The regulations come in to force later this year and the event will include speakers from the Environment Agency and Defra to provide an update on the aims of the regulations and how they will be regulated. Other confirmed participants include Andrew Bird, LARAC, Stuart Hayward-Higham at SITA UK, Jakob Rindegren from ESA and Jonathon Short from ECO plastics. The conference includes a workshop and a number of Q&A sessions allowing delegates to the burning topics of the day. Commenting about this event, Sam Reeve, Operations Director at Resource Futures, said, “MRFs are a vital part of the circular economy as we look to recycle and reuse materials into new designs and products as resource scarcity begins to bite. The issue of quality continues to cause concern so these regulations are welcomed. However, the challenge is now centred on how these are implemented and can make a difference.” “We have been working with MRFs, waste management companies, local authorities and reprocessors for the past few years. This work has focused on understanding how to effectively and efficiently sample and sort material at MRFs in order to maximise the added value this vital information can bring to the whole supply chain from the kerbside the MRF operator and the reprocessor,” he added, “This conference is a must for all MRF operators, reprocessors, local authorities and othersminvolved in the materials industry.” Jane Stephenson, Chief Executive at Resource Futures, added, “Right now, many people are grappling with what the MRF regulations mean for them, and how best to implement them. This event brings together many of the leading experts including Defra, WRAP and the Environment Agency, as well those at the sharp end of day-to-day operations. Those attending will have a chance to discuss key questions about compliance, sampling methods and health and safety, as well as explore how the regulations provide an opportunity to improve the quality of material and came away feeling well informed on how these will affect their business and waste management strategies.” The event will be held at the Create Centre in Bristol. The Centre is one of the earliest environment centres in the UK with working exhibitions and an eco-home. Bristol is set to become Europe’s Green Capital in 2015 and you can find out more by visiting the Bristol 2015 website. Full programme and bookings details can be found here however places are limited so you advised to book promptly. To follow the event online, please use #mrfregulations.