I first got to know Peter [Mansfield] when I was the Executive Director of Waste Watch and he was one of our Trustees in 1996. Since then we have been in regular contact over many years.
In November 2011, I became the Chief Executive of the Resource Association and Peter became an Associate Member.
During the last 3 years, we have done a lot of work together on the quality of recyclate. Peter’s first Project for us was to contact all of the End Users in order to establish a UK-wide Specification for all the major recyclable materials. The results of which, we have published on our Web Site
(see link: http://www.resourceassociation.com/reqip-recycling-quality-information-point).
This, in turn, lead to Peter doing over 15 presentations/seminar/workshops for us involving WRAP, CIWM, LARAC, as well as Regional Councils such as Hampshire County Council. The work with WRAP was particularly significant, because he worked with them in running regional workshops on how Councils could improve the quality of the recyclate that they generate. All of these presentations he produced having first consulted all the Major End Users, including exporters. It also involved understanding each market and what was happening in each sector.
Following the very successful work with WRAP, they then asked us (i.e. Peter Mansfield) to help them compile a list of what can and cannot be recycled, which they then have used to educate Councils and direct local promotional campaigns. This again involved Peter discussing with all the Major End Users and Exporters in the UK. The net result of his work can now be accessed on WRAP’s web site under Recycling Guidelines: http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/recycling-guidelines-0. He has also recently written an article for the December 2016 edition of the CIWM Magazine that covers the state of the Recovered Plastic Market in the UK.
During the time that I have worked with Peter, I have found him to be honest, hardworking, diligent (rather like a ‘dog with a bone’), able to connect with people at all levels of responsibility, and to be an effective communicator. His understanding of recycling and waste management has been built on his extensive contribution to recycling in the UK. Not only did he help set up the original Bottle Bank scheme in the 1970s, but he was the first Recycling Officer in the UK in the 1980s, and has managed one of the biggest recycling operations in the country covering 15% of our population with a kerbside collection service.
Ray Georgeson CEO