There is good news for the resources and waste sector in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year with Linda Crichton (pictured above), a longstanding sector expert and member of CIWM, receiving an MBE.

Linda began her career as an environmental consultant responsible for leading strategic and policy studies relating to waste and the environment both in the UK and internationally before moving to join WRAP to set up and manage WRAP’s local authority support programme.

During her time at WRAP, Linda also headed up the organisation’s work on collections, recycling and material quality, including initiatives related to food waste and packaging, and the national consumer behaviour change campaign Recycle Now.

In January 2018, Linda moved from WRAP to the Resources & Waste team in Defra to jointly lead the work to reform the UK packaging producer responsibility regime.

“Linda has and continues to make a huge contribution to the sector, bringing a depth of knowledge and commitment which helped drive the rapid progress the UK made in recycling from the early 2000s and is now key to the development of the new packaging EPR framework, which will deliver the next step change in recycling. CIWM is delighted that her contribution has been recognised,” said CIWM’s Head of Policy, Knowledge & External Affairs Pat Jennings.

Also honoured this year with a British Empire Medal, which recognises meritorious civil or military service, is Nigel Wheeler, Group Director for Prosperity, Development & Frontline Services at Rhondda Cynon Taf Borough Council. He is recognised for his services to waste collection and recycling during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our warmest congratulations go to Nigel for his work during the last six months; he is a great example of how local authority professionals have worked tirelessly to ensure that essential frontline collection and local environmental quality services have been maintained in the face of considerable challenges,” said Pat Jennings.

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