A shortlist of five people who are heading initiatives that have shaken up recycling have been announced by the organiser of RWM as part of its ‘Rising Stars’ scheme.
The scheme highlights trailblazers who have introduced creative new recycling practices during the past five years. Those who made the list are:
- Steven Burns, commercial director of Impact Recycling, who is the project manager and co-inventor of the recycling technology BOSS (Baffled Oscillation Separation System) to separate mixed plastics.
- Peter Goodwin for Simply Cups, a partnership between Closed Loop Environmental Solutions and Simply Waste Solutions, to recycle drinking cups.
- Kristina Jackson, a waste services development manager, who joined ISS Facility Services in 2013 and has achieved a 72% recycling rate at Heathrow Terminal 2 in just five months.
- Arthur Kay, co-founder and chief executive of Bio-bean, which turns waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels, biomass pellets for heat.
- James Peacock, waste contracts manager at Wessex Water, who manages the organisation’s goal to become the first zero waste to landfill utility company in the UK. It has 100% landfill diversion for sewage screenings, no waste sent direct to landfill and an innovative treatment of contaminated waste. The company is currently at 97% landfill diversion and on course for 100% landfill diversion by 2016.
The list will be whittled down to an overall winner and two runners up on Wednesday at the show’s Circular Economy Connect Theatre.