The final list of 35 was whittled down by an independent judging panel from more than 100 entries and announced during the RWM and Letsrecycle Live show at the NEC, Birmingham.
Organised by letsrecycle.com and sponsored by Grundon, the event heard from Neil Grundon, vice chairman of Grundon, and Steve Eminton, editor of letsrecycle.com.
Three of the status holders were chosen as the ‘top three status holders’ and were presented with a bottle of champagne from Mr Grundon to mark their achievement. The three are: Sioned Thomas, Paper Round; Ben Thompson, Veolia (who could not join on the day) and Shelley Holmes, Joint Waste Solutions and now at ReLondon.
Pictures from the event, including each individual winner, can be found here. These will also be emailed to the finalists.
Praising the “great success and huge effort” of all the 35-Under-35s recognised this year, Mr Grundon explained that the sector has come a long way since he started out in the early 1990s, and he is looking forward to an “exciting” future for the industry.
Mr Eminton said that the judges had seen “real dedication and a level of conscientiousness among the 35 which was quite amazing”.
The 2022 judges were: Lorraine Milburn – Grundon; Rod Paterson – Ekman Recycling; Vicky Beechey and Jon Hastings – NAWDO; Caelia Quinault – Letsrecycle.com materials correspondent ; Steve Eminton – Letsrecycle.com; and Ed Yendluri – Westminster City Council.
The 35 status holders 2022:
Paloma Aldegeur, Recycleye
Mustafa Azimy, Suez Recycling and Recovery
Charlotte Ball, Augean Treatment Limited
Jessica Beare, South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council
Briony Bendle, Veolia
Stephanie Bowring, The Edinburgh Remakery
Jade Cohen, Qualis Flow
Jack Connors, Greenzone Facilities Management Limited
Laura Crehan, REPIC
Steve Daniels, SUEZ UK
Benedetta Delfino, Recycleye
Mikela Drukman, Greyparrot
Daniel Everard, Resource Futures
Edward Fagan, Grundon Waste Management
Darren Forster, nominated while at FCC Environment, now at Biogen.
Eleanor Fox, Westminster City Council
James George, BPR Group Europe Ltd
Tom Giddings, Alupro
Camila Godoy-Donoso, Viridor
Elliot Harrison-Holt, APK Group
Shelley Holmes, Joint Waste Solutions
Alan Jakubczyk, Guildford Borough Council
Natalie Johnson, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK
Jeyda Keski, Veolia
Jessica Keynes,Tom White
Ionna Kyriazi, Ricardo Energy & Environment
Lee Love, Veolia
Beth Mason, Recycling Lives,
James McMahon, Eunomia Research & Consulting
Taz Sarodia, Recycling Lives
Vivek Shrestha, SLR Consulting Ltd
Sioned Thomas, Paper Round
Ben Thompson, Veolia
Emilie Woodger-Smith, Gloucestershire County Council
Carla Worth, Resource Futures
Details of the 2023 round of entries and awards will be announced in the new year.