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SITA UK boss is new ESA chairman

SITA UK chief executive David Palmer-Jones is the new chairman of the Environmental Services Association (ESA).

Palmer-Jones was elected chairman at the firm’s board meeting today. He takes over from Jean-Dominique Mallet of Veolia Environmental Services.

Palmer-Jones became chief executive of SITA UK in 2008, succeeding Per-Anders Hjort. He joined in 1989 holding several positions developing the group’s waste activities in the UK, France and Sweden.

He was appointed chief executive of SITA Sweden in 2003, and in 2006, he was appointed to direct the industrial and commercial operations of SITA UK focusing on recycling, compliance with regulatory standards and meeting customer expectations for environmental solutions.

Palmer-Jones, said: “As an £11bn industry investing in cleaner ways to turn Britain’s waste into resources, we can be a major source of the green growth and green jobs the country desperately needs. The ESA has a vital role to play in helping the Government join up its thinking on waste and resources, so that our member companies have a clear policy framework against which to invest.

Earlier this month, Palmer-Jones called for a “Lord Coe equivalent” to champion the waste management sector.

SITA UK, which was responsible for recycling at the Olympic venues and Palmer Jones said that a leadership figure to help drive significant infrastructure projects needed to boost the domestic waste processing market.

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