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Sargent to leave LondonWaste

LondonWaste’s managing director David Sargent is to retire in April after 22 years.

David Sargent

Sargent joined the newly formed company in 1992 as finance director after working in the retail, printing and motor industries.

LondonWaste employs 250 people handling 800,000 tonnes of waste annually for seven London boroughs. Sargent has led the organisation as managing director for the past 15 years. He oversaw part of its period as a joint-venture company and eventually as a firm wholly owned by the North London Waste Authority.

He championed the development of the company’s flagship Edmonton site as an EcoPark, which includes recycling, composting, waste transfer and energy centres.

LondonWaste was recently awarded a new 10-year contract by the NLWA, and proposals have been launched to build a replacement energy recovery facility at the EcoPark, opening by 2025.

Sargent has been a past chairman of the Energy from Waste Association, a member of the Environmental Services Association’s executive committee and a former chairman of its renewable energy committee. He is currently deputy chairman of energy and utility skills.

LondonWaste chairman John Boast said: “We would like to thank David for his hard work, commitment and leadership, and wish him a long and enjoyable retirement. LondonWaste will announce the appointment of a new managing director in due course. In the meantime, David will remain in post, with our full confidence, until he retires in April.”

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