Mickey Green (pictured) has been appointed managing director of Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP).
He succeeds Steve Read, who left at the end of May after almost 10 years in the role to take up the post of director of energy, waste and environment at West Sussex County Council.
Green, who is currently strategic manager for commissioning development at Somerset County Council, will start his new role in early October.
He said: “This is a tremendous opportunity to build on SWP’s huge success so far. While our recycling rate of 52% is ahead of much of the UK, we are ambitious to go much further in enabling Somerset residents to reuse and recycle more and waste less.
“We have the opportunity to create a new generation of services that are practical, sustainable and great value for money.
“As well as developing new kerbside services taking extra materials for recycling and reducing rubbish collection frequency, the SWP will soon be generating electricity from the increasingly small amount of waste that cannot be reused or recycled.
“Equally as important, we need to work in more innovative ways with partners, communities and the public to address the fact that, on average, half of what people put in their rubbish bin in Somerset could already be recycled at the kerbside.”
In Green’s various roles at SCC he has led the creation of Devon and Somerset’s Joint Trading Standards Service, the South West Heritage Trust and Somerset’s successful superfast broadband bid.
As a long-term contributor to SWP’s strategic management group, he played an active role in recent developments including the new energy-from-waste arrangements for Somerset’s waste.
Green has previously worked at the Department for Communities and Local Government and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG.
SWP is the executive arm of Somerset Waste Board (SWB), whose 12 member councillors are selected from the six Somerset councils that are the partner authorities.
SWB chairman Derek Yeomans said: “We were sorry to lose Steve but very happy that he secured an exciting new opportunity to make a mark in West Sussex.
“And we are extremely pleased to appoint Mickey Green, who offers an impressive combination of experience, skills and vision that will be essential for the task of transforming Somerset’s waste services in the coming years.”