Tributes from across the waste sector have been paid to Chris Coggins who has died aged 69.
Coggins (pictured) had been involved in waste management research, consultancy and teaching since the 1980s.
He was lecturer and senior lecturer in geography, then reader in waste management at Luton College of Higher Education, which became a university, from 1972-97.
From 1993, he was also director of the institution’s Centre for Waste Management. He became director of the University of Sheffield’s Waste Management and Technology Centre until 2001 when he started his private waste management research consultancy, Wamtech, until his retirement.
Principal interests included waste composition and data, policy, market development for wastes as raw materials and technology options.
In 2015, he co-authored an article for MRW on the efficiency of large energy-from-waste plants.
This is a sample of tributes on Twitter:
Deeply saddened by news that long time Advisory Board member, Prof. Chris Coggins, passed away this week. Our thoughts with all loved ones— APSRG (@APSRG) February 10, 2017
Shocked by the death of Chris Coggins, he was one of the most influential people in the waste sector! A true friend will be greatly missed!— DrResources (@DrResources) February 10, 2017
Sad to hear late yesterday that Chris Coggins, well known in our sector, died unexpectedly in hospital Wednesday. Thoughts with his family— Colin Church (@DrColinChurch) February 10, 2017
Saddened to hear of the passing of Prof.Chris Coggins. An extraordinary man with a wealth of waste knowledge who will be missed. R.I.P— The ESA (@ESA__tweets) February 10, 2017
Very sad to hear of the passing of Chris Coginns a great ambassador of our industry. https://t.co/hz89Z0nfqs— David Palmer-Jones (@DPJ_suezUK) February 10, 2017
What I loved about ‘the Prof’ Chris Coggins is that he was always questioning, always engaged. Waste industry has lost one of its champions.— Maxine Perella (@greendipped) February 10, 2017
Just heard the very sad news that the person responsible for getting me into #waste Chris Coggins has died. Best PhD supervisor out there.— Dr Jane Beasley (@wastespecialist) February 9, 2017