Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926 – 2022

After the death (8 September) of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II tributes are being paid to her within the waste and recycling sector.

Her Majesty The Queen (photo: gov.uk)

Condolences have also been expressed by the sector to members of the royal family. And the royal family has opened an official book of condolence.

It was announced yesterday that the Queen, 96, had died peacefully at Balmoral, Scotland. Speaking soon afterwards Prime Minister Liz Truss said: “We are all devastated by the news we have just heard from Balmoral. The death of Her Majesty The Queen is a huge shock to the nation and to the world. Queen Elizabeth II was the rock on which modern Britain was built.”

Ms Truss also noted: “Today the Crown passes – as it is has done for more than a thousand years – to our new monarch, our new head of state: His Majesty King Charles III.”

Below we record the tributes and messages of condolence from the waste and recycling sector and also from the Environment Secretary. This page will be updated throughout the day.

ESA: ‘Devotion to duty’

The trade body for the waste management industry, the Environmental Services Association, highlighted  Her Majesty the Queen’s commitment to public service.

In a statement, it said: “The Environmental Services Association, our members and the wider resources and waste management sector in the UK are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

“Her Majesty’s life-long commitment to public service and her devotion to duty set a high standard for everyone involved in the provision of public services in the United Kingdom and her memory will endure in our sector’s continued admiration of these qualities.”

LGA: Dedication and continuous hard work

Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association, said that on behalf of all councils across England and Wales, he wished to express sincere condolences to the whole Royal Family on the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Councils will be opening books of condolences

The LGA chairman continued: “Her Majesty’s dedication to every one of us, alongside her continuous hard work and loyalty to her United Kingdom, was clear to see throughout her life. Her high regard for local government was also truly reflective in her focus and appreciation of councils’ work and determination in her annual Queen’s Speeches.

“Councils have been proud to serve Her Majesty throughout her reign and will continue to do so by now putting into place local arrangements to support the public in expressing their own sympathies. These arrangements will include the opening of both public and virtual books of condolence, ensuring flags are flown at half mast, and overseeing arrangements for the laying of flowers in public areas.”

LARAC: ‘sincerest condolences’

Local authority recycling officers organisation, LARAC sad today: “Our condolences are with the Royal Family and the nation.

“LARAC wishes the Royal Family our sincerest condolences following the death of Her Majesty the Queen. She will be fondly remembered for her warm and caring personality and love of the natural environment throughout her long reign.”

CIWM ‘deeply saddened’

The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), said it was deeply saddened “to hear the news yesterday that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had died. Along with the rest of the country, we enter a period of mourning as we remember our longest-serving monarch, a person that was much loved by so many people across the land.

The CIWM paid tribute to the Queen’s service to the environment

“The Institution has an obvious link to the Queen, having been granted a Royal Charter from her in 2002. The Charter recognises that the Institution has a solid record of achievement and is pre-eminent in its field. The award of the Charter has to be seen as demonstrably in the public interest – in effect, it has become “part of the fabric of the nation” and has a responsibility to work for the benefit of all inhabitants of the United Kingdom and overseas. These last elements are words that can justifiably be attributed to the Queen herself, reflecting her unwavering dedication to public service throughout her life. For our members, her long reign meant she was a part of the fabric of our everyday lives, and she always had the interests of the citizens of our country foremost in her mind.

“It was a great honour to become a Chartered Institution. To have received it from the longest-serving monarch, who was held in such high regard by so many, only enhances that award. The Institution will continue to work hard to repay the faith shown in us, to work for the greater good, and to work for the people and communities that we live in, serve and represent.”


The newly appointed environment secretary Ranil Jayawardena said: “Her Majesty was our longest reigning monarch, in a life shaped by her faith and dedication to public service.

Ranil Jayawardena paid tribute to the Queen’s passion for the countryside

“She earned the affection, respect and admiration of generation after generation- at home in the UK, across the Commonwealth, and around the world. For almost all of us, she is the only monarch we have ever known.

“At Defra, we share memories of Her Majesty’s passion for the great British countryside and her love of animals. Even at this time, it is right we celebrate her devotion to our nation and, in doing so, dedicate ourselves anew to honouring her extraordinary legacy in the months and years ahead. May she rest in peace. God save the King.”


Rob Mowat, managing director of the environment division of RoarB2B which organises the RWM and Letsrecycle Live event, said: “All of us involved with this month’s RWM and Letsrecycle Live event express our deep sorrow at the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We also offer our deepest condolences to the royal family at this sad time.

“Over the years Queen Elizabeth has been an inspiration to us all and her sense of duty and loyalty can never be forgotten.

“Next week at the show, we will take time to show our respect and reflect on the Queen’s immense contribution to life in the UK and around the globe. And, I am sure the sentiments we in the UK now feel will be echoed by our international visitors to the NEC event.”

Positive spirit

The Queen at Palm Paper in 2011

Steve Eminton, editor, letsrecycle.com: “We all have our own memories of the Queen who has served the country so tirelessly for so long and in such a magnificent way. Highlights have to have been her smile and steadfastness through numerous ups and downs. Her positive spirit regularly lifted hearts and minds in the UK and around the world. Most recently there was the delightful time that she reached the public eye with her Paddington Bear tea party.

“Within the sector it was usually other members of the royal family who opened new facilities or toured plants. One notable visit was made by Her Majesty in 2011 to visit the new Palm Paper mill in Norfolk, to which she travelled from her Sandringham residence.”

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