The U.K.-based plastics recycling firm Closed Loop Recycling has appointed James Stapeley its new commercial manager, following the retirement of his predecessor Chris White.
Stapeley has spent the past 11 years working in the waste and recycling industry, including nine years with FCC Environment, where he managed the company’s energy-from-waste capacity for a number of customers. Prior to FCC, Stapeley was a commercial manager for European Metal Recycling (EMR), where he worked with local authorities and large demolition firms.
In his new position, Stapeley will oversee Closed Loop's customer partnerships and promote the company's "We Need Your Bottles" campaign to waste management companies and local authorities.
“I’m really pleased to be joining Closed Loop Recycling, a pioneering company which shares my values of seeing waste as a precious resource and promoting the benefits of zero landfill,” says Stapeley. “The U.K. has come far in recent years in driving up plastic recycling rates, but there is much more that can still be done to promote the ‘We Need Your Bottles’ message, particularly in light of the European Commission’s announcement about higher recycling targets.”
Chris Dow, CEO of Closed Loop Recycling, adds, “We’re absolutely delighted that James has decided to join Closed Loop following the retirement of Chris White, who of course made a significant contribution to our business and the wider industry. James brings with him a wealth of experience and impressive industry contacts and will I’m sure quickly become an invaluable member of the team at a time when our company is massively expanding in order to match the requirements of a circular economy.”
Closed Loop Recycling’s plastic recycling facility can sort, granulate, wash and clean 55,000 metric tons of recovered plastic bottles per year, the company says. The company converts the material into recycled raw material for use in new food and drink packaging.