Thirty-eight year old Richard Brown has been appointed location manager at SITA UK's new integrated waste management facility, which is due to open next year, in West Sleekburn, Northumberland.
Richard, who is Northumberland born and bred, has been with the company and its predecessors since 1992. He originally worked as a plant operator but through study and hard work has had a series of promotions within SITA UK, one of the country's top four recycling and waste management companies.
His previous role with the company was as location manager at Ellington, where he had responsibility for a landfill site, composting facility and household waste recovery centre.
He is married and lives in Pegswood, near Morpeth.
The new West Sleekburn centre, which will be a key part of the infrastructure for SITA UK's 28 year PFI contract with Northumberland County Council, is currently under construction and will be completed in the spring of 2009.
The facility, the largest of its type built by SITA UK in the north of England, will consist of two components – a 50,000 tonne materials recycling facility and a 70,000 tonne waste transfer station. Each of these is crucial to the county council's and SITA UK's plans to increase recycling and divert as much of the county's waste away from landfill as possible.
“This is a great time to be in the waste and recycling business and I have been given a brilliant opportunity to manage one of the company's most important new facilities,” said Richard.
“More and more people throughout Northumberland are recycling their waste every week, which means it is vital for SITA UK and the county council to work together and invest in new facilities that can handle the increasing amount of recycled materials we have in the county.
“I'll be working to meet help the county council meet ambitious targets that will see just eight per cent of Northumberland's waste sent to landfill by 2012. That means I'll be helping my county to be one of the greenest in the UK, which is something I am obviously looking forward to.”