At their September Board Meeting, Recoup, a leading authority on plastic packaging recycling and recovery, announced the appointment of Stuart Foster as the new CEO of the organisation.
Stuart Foster, who is currently Director and Deputy CEO of Recoup, has been heavily involved in the project and strategic work of Recoup for some nine years. Prior to this he worked for the Environment Agency, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), and Local Government. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) and has a degree in Environmental Sciences.
John Simmons, who is known to many associated with plastics recycling, will be stepping down as CEO as a result of his decision to take more time out of the business prior to his retirement. John has been associated with Recoup for some twenty years and says that he has found the work of Recoup both challenging and rewarding. He noted that he has been very fortunate to receive strong support during that time from the members of the Board, the Chairman, Mike Barney and Company Secretary, Shaun Sargent. He has particularly valued the input and experience provided by members of Recoup in key projects during his period as CEO.
John will formally step down on 13th December, but will continue his involvement with Recoup as a co-opted member of the Board.
Stuart said of his appointment, “Being given this opportunity to lead and develop the Recoup activities in the coming years is an exciting prospect and I very much look forward to the challenge”.
With so much interest and activity now around plastics, the next few years are likely to shape the longer term sustainability and direction of UK plastics recycling. Recoup maintains a unique position as an organisation with a membership across all sectors of the plastics packaging supply, use, recycling and recovery chain.
Recoup is a key player in the sustainable development of UK plastics recycling, continuing to identify and support new initiatives, and asking the difficult questions, where needed, to ensure that the plastic recycling opportunities move forward in a sensible, practical and sustainable way.