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My Little Interview: Paul Rendle-Barnes



Our director of recycling, Paul Rendle-Barnes, was recently interviewed by Materials Recycling World for the' My Little Interview' series.


If you missed the original article, you can catch up below...


What was your first job?

An engineering apprentice for an American compressor firm, eventually discovering my passion for the waste and recycling industry.

What are the best and worst moments of your career so far?

My best is embarking on my latest venture at Indigo Environmental with like-minded colleagues.

And I don’t have a worst – everything forms part of a lifetime of learning.

What one thing would you change about the waste/recycling industry?

I’d encourage the open sharing of technological knowledge, so that all companies can benefit from the insight to advance industry solutions.

If you were not in waste, what would you want to be?

A breeder of endangered large breed horses – they’re fascinating animals.

Book or e-reader, and what are you reading now?

Definitely a book. I’m currently reading ‘The Legacy’ by Yrsa Sigurdardottir.

Where would you like to time travel to?

The Viking Age – between 8-11th centuries. Although, I do not think travelling on long ships would be very comfortable.

What song means the most to you?

The 1980’s hit ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Joy Division.

What can’t you live without?

A few key things – my family, music, the sea, and Marmite!

What would you do as prime minister for a day?

I’d make it part of environmental legislation to have to include recycled content in all manufactured products.

Which building would you like to be locked in overnight?

The John Rylands Library in Manchester.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

I have two. For work, on day one, know your exit strategy. And, at home, always have the last word… apologise.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Most recently, it’s anyone in the medical profession – I’m in awe of their commitment. Throughout my life though, it’s always been my grandfather – a war veteran who built a successful business based on hard work and belief in himself. I still use many of his values but have never been sure about his sugar and English mustard butties…

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