London Remade chief executive Daniel Silverstone has left his post and has started his new role as chief executive for the international centre for the legal protection of human rights.
Silverstone joined London Remade in 2004 and prior to that was chief executive of the Commission for Racial Equality and the London Borough Grants.
Silverstone told MRW that he was particularly proud of three main achievements during his five year tenure as chief executive which included helping plug the gap in Londons waste infrastructure, creating demand for recycled content goods and helping London to increase its recycling rates.
He said: I joined in 2004 and since then London Remade has been doing a lot of interesting things. One of the principal ones is having London Remade being seen by the Mayor of London and the London Development Agency as an entrepreneurial not-for-profit organisation that facilitates waste infrastructure in London.
Silverstone explained that he was particularly proud of helping to facilitate the Closed Loop Recycling plant. He said: We brought them over from Australia, found sites for them and found suppliers for them.
Closed Loop Recycling managing director Chris Dow said: Danny is spot on with this. London Remade also helped house us for quite a while in their offices and helped us to get the connection that we needed. Danny has also been a willing helper and a listener and helped us with getting the funding we needed to go forward.
He has a very sharp intellect and cuts to issues very quickly.
I am sad that he is leaving but excited about his new challenge and wish him all the very best.
Silverstone also said that members of the green procurement code had helped to divert 1.8 million tonnes and since October 2007 members of the green procurement code have spent over £700m on green products.
The waste world has changed hugely in London since I started. When I started many of Londons boroughs were on a recycling rate of less than 10%. Now, many boroughs in London are obtaining over 30%. The recycling message is now in the mainstream rather than being in the minority, which was the case when I started.
Silverstone explained that he hoped London Remade will help the capital move into a low-carbon future, with more of a concentration on using waste to produce heat, a focus on combined heat and power and bio-energy.
He added: When I first started it was a huge challenge for me to become conversant in the wacky world of waste.
I think London Remade is now well poised to become an advocate for the next generation and develop future applications for Londons waste materials.
Colin Roberts will be the interim chief executive at London Remade while the London Remade Board actively looks for a new chief executive.