ICE Waste Board vice-chairman Nigel Mattravers says that local authorities may lack the expertise to tackle large private finance deals alone (NCE last week) and that the staff are 'guys who are not much more than waste recycling officers who used to be binmen'.
This does not give sufficient credit to the many well-qualified and innovative people who work in waste management for local authorities - including the binmen.
The Institution has recognised that dealing with our waste in a sustainable way is one of the big challenges facing society. Let us make sure that we encourage the brightest and best of our students to make their career in the waste management industry and work alongside the financial and procurement professionals to deliver the long-term partnerships we need.
Alison Stainsby (F), head of technical services, Watford Borough Council, alison.stainsby@ntlworld. com