17 March 2023
Event news

Tata Steel signposts the way to a circular economy at CIWM CYMRU

What the can maker said

The industry giant’s Nicola Jones is set to champion high-impact green actions that will help fast-track Wales' transition to a greener, more sustainable future.


Tata Steel, one of the world's largest steel producers and one of Europe's leading steel re-processors, today announced its sponsorship of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management's (CIWM) Resources Conference CYMRU on 22nd March at Glamorgan Cricket Club, Cardiff (also known as Sophia Gardens). 

The event - designed to inspire CIWM members looking to take their sustainability and waste management initiatives to the next level - features an impressive line-up of industry experts including Tata Steel’s Nicola Jones, Manager for Steel Packaging Recycling.

Entitled 'What quality materials look like in a circular economy', Nicola's presentation will highlight the vital role of recycling steel packaging in the world's transition to a circular economy.

Nicola’s presentation will take delegates on a journey through the recycling process – from collection through to extraction and new (and sometimes surprising) material applications. Nicola will highlight the crucial role that high quality bales play in optimising the steel recycling process. She will also share a valuable list of what items should find a home in metal recycling bins, and those which should not.

Delegates will discover the vital role Tata Steel plays in providing an end-market for UK steel extraction. They will also learn how the industry giant helps organisations to meet their packaging regulations through sale of Packaging Recovery Notes (PRN’s). 

The key message remains, however, that consumers play an essential part in maximising the success of steel recycling programmes. Their understanding of the importance of putting metal materials in the correct recycling bin - and their engagement to do so - are crucial to achieving a circular economy. This needs to be communicated consistently by all industry stakeholders. 

To this end, Tata Steel is committed to its community outreach programme, where Eleanor Shorland, Packaging Recycling Education Officer, educates school children about the importance of recycling this valuable forever material. Teachers are encouraged to book a session with Eleanor by emailing her at: eleanor.shorland@tatasteeleurope.com. 


Commenting on the presentation, Nicola said, Steel is infinitely recyclable and its uses are both vast and constantly evolving. At Tata Steel, we are continuously innovating to raise the bar in this space not only in terms of technology and processes, but also as regards recycling. There's a huge opportunity to make a real difference here. 

“Thanks to events such as CIWM's Resources Conference CYMRU and our local outreach programme with schools, Tata Steel is helping to spread the word about the vital importance of high-quality bales in the steel recycling process. And momentum is building! I look forward to hearing what other speakers and delegates have to say about challenges and opportunities specific to Wales at the event. Together, we really do make the difference!"


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For further information: 

•    Jessica Friend Bartlett +44 (0)7791 741725 or jessica@twelvepr.co.uk
•    Tim Rutter on +44 (0)7850 990755 or tim.rutter@tatasteeleurope.com

About Tata Steel UK

•    The Tata Steel Group has been named one of the most ethical companies in the world, and is among the top producing global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes. 
•    Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2045 at the latest, and to have reduced 30% of its CO2 emissions by 2030. 
•    Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway, Sweden, France and Germany. It also benefits from a network of international sales offices around the world.
•    Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual crude steel capacity of 5 million tonnes, supplying high-quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. 
•    Tata Steel Group is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world. 
•    The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $32.83 Bn in the financial year ending March 31, 2022.