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Recycling and resource management company SITA UK reorganises its management structure in the North East

Former Area Manager Julie Craigie, who had responsibility for treatment and disposal in Newle and North Tyneside, has been appointed Regional Manager for the Tees Valley, with responsibility for the energy-from-waste (EfW) facility, composting plant, Household Waste Recycling Centre, baling facility and ash plant, all located at Haverton Hill in Billingham.

She took over from former Tees Valley General Manager Graham Ingleson, who is now SITA UK’s Technical Manager (processing), based at the same site.

Former Area Manager Andrew Hughes, 32, who was responsible for landfill activities, together with the contracts held with Gateshead Council and Sunderland City Council, has been made Regional Manager for Tyne and Wear, while Richard Hinchcliffe remains Regional Manager for Northumberland.

The appointments were made following the commissioning of a new extension at the Tees Valley EfW, which is taking all of Northumberland’s non-recycled waste as part of the company’s 28-year PFI contract with Northumberland County Council.

Julie, 33, who has worked for SITA UK for five years, said: "It’s an industry that I hadn’t expected to work in, but I found the variety of both my job and the sector really interesting," she said.

"No two days are the same and it’s challenging, which is great. There are so many new technologies out there, and now everyone is trying to be green and environmentally friendly, I think it is a great industry to be part of. I was very eager to be involved in the power generation side of the business, so I am really enjoying my new role."

Andrew, who is now responsible for the contracts SITA UK holds with Sunderland City Council, Gateshead Council, Newle City Council and North Tyneside Council, as well as Path Head landfill site in Gateshead, said: "I’m thoroughly enjoying my new role.

"I have been with SITA UK for ten years and have been given every opportunity to thrive. It’s a very exciting industry to be a part of, where our main thrust now is to recycle and to use waste as a resource for green energy."

SITA UK’s General Manager for the north east John Grainger said the re-organisation had been seamless.

"The aim of the re-organisation was to further enhance our efficiencies and ensure that the different geographical and business areas of the company operated well together," he said.

"Interesting times lie ahead as SITA UK continues to play a crucial part in the nation’s plans to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by recycling and via new technologies, and also by using materials as a resource for renewable energy.

"It is a challenge that faces us all, but we believe SITA UK is well-positioned to help local councils and the country, as a whole, to meet those challenges."

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