Industry figures have been recognised in the 2013 honours list.
Clare Whelan, a conservative councillor for the London Borough of Lambeth and non-executive director at WRAP, and Steven Jackson, the founder and chief executive of recycling social enterprise Recycling Lives received awards in the New Year’s honours list.
Steve Lee, chief executive of CIWM tweeted his congratulations to the industry figures, calling Whelan, who won her award for services to local government in London a “good friend to waste and resources!”.
Jackson has been recognised for service to employment and community in Lancashire.
Ray Georgeson, chief executive of the Resources Association, also took to Twitter to hail the honours given to Sue Riddlestone, the chief executive of Bioregional and Martin Spray, the chief executive of the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust. He called them “two of the best environmentalists”.
Bioregional is a sustainability social enterprise, whose projects have included the first kerbside recycling scheme for SMEs in central London and the invention of a new technology to make paper pulp from straw as part of a local paper loop.
Whelan said: “Naturally I am delighted to have been appointed an OBE and pleased that others connected with the waste industry have also been recognised in this year’s New Year’s honours.”