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New leadership at EuRIC

Olivier François was elected president of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) during its latest gathering.

He will be supported by vice-presidents Thomas Braun (md of bvse), Alicia Garcia-Franco (director general of FER) and Cinzia Vezzosi, outgoing president and executive of Assofermat.

For the metal recycling banches, Susie Burrage (president of the UK’s BMRA) was re- elected president of the non-ferrous metal trade and recycling branch while Thomas Papageorgiou (Anamet Recycling) was re-elected president of the ferrous recovery & recycling branch alongside Hans van de NES (FNOI) as president of the recovered paper branch.

The mechanical tyre recycling section will be led by Poul Steen Rasmussen (Genan), while Mariska Boer (VHT) was re-elected president of textiles. Sophie Sicard (Federec) becomes president of the plastics recycling branch.

Not only a motto but a reality

Vezzosi praised members for their contribution to the development of EuRIC and welcomed the parity in the top leadership positions across the entire board. ‘This is a sign that women in recycling is not only a motto but a reality EuRIC promotes at top level,’ she said.

François thanked Vezzosi for her leadership during which, despite the Covid-related crisis, EuRIC has steadily grown. ‘I look forward to lead the representation of the recycling industry at a time where our sector is under the spotlight of policy-makers,’ he said.

‘I am certain that the pragmatism, expertise and leadership embodied by the EuRIC board will play a key role in shaping a circular-proof legislation, pulling the demand for raw materials from recycling, speeding up the development of EU-wide end-of-waste criteria and opening new markets for circular materials.’

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