Arthur Kay, the chief executive of Bio-bean, a pioneer in recycling waste coffee grounds, is the first RWM ‘rising star’.
This year’s inaugural event ran a search for the industry’s rising stars to recognise those who can inspire a new generation of resource managers and who have introduced trailblazing initiatives within the past five years.
Three finalists were selected to present to a panel of judges at RWM 2015, with the winner receiving a CIWM training package and funding towards their initiative worth over £2,000.
In two years, winner Kay has grown Bio-bean to a team of 20, raised several million in finance and built the world’s first waste coffee recycling factory with the capacity to process 50,000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds each year.
The plant turns the material into advanced biofuels, biomass pellets for heating buildings and biodiesel for powering transport systems.
Runner-up Peter Goodwin founded Simply Cups, a partnership between Closed Loop Environmental Solutions and Simply Waste Solutions. The scheme now provides many of the UK’s leading paper-cup manufacturers and supply chain organisations with a cost-efficient collection and recycling service that will reduce operating costs and improve environmental credentials.
Fellow runner-up was Kristina Jackson who joined ISS Facility Services in 2013 at the age of 23 and mobilised the waste management aspect of ISS’ facilities management contract at London Heathrow’s Terminal 2. She delivered a recycling rate of 72% within just five months – in her first job in the industry.
- The photo shows Kay, centre, flanked by the runners-up. Behind are judges Paul Vanston (Kent Resource Partnership); Steve Lee (CIWM) and Barry Dennis (RWM).