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Recycling entrepreneur awarded MBE - COMMENT UPDATE

Green entrepreneur Robert Tyldesley has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to waste management.

Robert Tyldesley and his recycled roof tile

Tyldesley and his team of scientists have invented a way of making roof tiles and paving slabs from ordinary household waste — a system that is being used in several developing countries and is about to launch in Western Europe.

He said: “I am delighted with the award, which I see as a tribute to the efforts of a splendid team of engineers who work for me to create the means for the world to make something really useful from growing mountains of unwanted rubbish.”

While working on a joint venture business in the Ukraine in 1994 recycling old BT telephones to replace the country’s collapsed telecommunications system, he also worked with ex-military scientists to find a way of reusing plastic waste.

Tyldesley says his technology allows readily marketable building products to be made from unsorted plastics recovered from the solid domestic waste stream, even if contaminated with food waste.

The products look identical to natural ceramic but are stronger, lighter, and resistant to moss and fungal growth. His company, JV Britanica, is currently working with roofing solutions company Marley to obtain UK and European building approval and wants to use the system for London’s Olympic site — located down the road from his base in Hackney.


22/06/06: Congratulations
Posted by Paul Farquharson

05/07/06:Would be useful to have a link to JV Britanica's Web site, preferably containing contact details for the Hackney site. Searching the web I can only find the company details for an office in the Ukraine.
Posted by DMascall

MRW response: JV Britanica's website address is:

Robert Tyldesley can also be contact by e-mail on Robert@

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