Coopers departure is partly due to ongoing producer responsibility work restructuring at the EA, but he said he expected to remain a familiar face in the waste and recycling industry. Cooper said: I am retiring from the Environment Agency, but I prefer to say Im leaving the Agency. Im going to do something different.
His role as Vice President of the International Solid Waste Association will mean he continues to represent the industry internationally. He will also continue his involvement with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, where he was President for 2007/08.
EA restructuring will mean that Coopers team deputies, waste electrical and electronic equipment policy advisor Adrian Harding and project manager for batteries Bob Mead, will manage day-to-day business concerning producer responsibility.
Cooper said: Ill be writing regular articles for the trade press and attending events, Im also writing a chapter for the new Environment Health Bible, Clays Environmental handbook.
When asked if he would be making the move into consultancy work, he said: Im sure Im going to be doing plenty of work as a consultant for different people. For the next couple of months I want to keep my writing and speaking commitments. But I will look at opportunities as they present themselves.