The Resource Recovery Forum (RRF) provided an independent platform for research, information exchange, conferences and a daily news service to members. Its mission was to promote the worldview of waste as a resource, at its formation a radical, emerging concept.

Following the tragic death of Kit Strange in August 2011, the RRF trustees have taken the decision to wind down the forum.

Chairman Steve Read said it was “with great regret” that the trustees felt the forum was “no longer viable” in light of strained economic times and increasing competition.

“RRF has always enjoyed a hardcore of active members, but over the past five years, particularly since economic times have become tougher, the number of RRF subscribers has decreased; a trend which started well before Kit’s death,” he said.

“At the same time, many of the services we have traditionally offered such as regular daily and weekly news items, interesting conferences and access to reports are now being provided by commercial organisations and publishers on a free or low cost basis.”

The trustees intend to refund as much of the remaining term of subscription fees to the members as possible, once other commitments have been honoured and a permanent new home for the RRF Library secured so former members can continue to benefit.

Kit Strange was widely respected as a pioneer in thinking about waste as a resource. In the early days of the Landfill Tax Credit scheme, RRF commissioned, edited and published many important reports.

Maxine Perella

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