Recycling Fellowship for MP, John Pugh, MP for Southport, gains insights at FCC Environment

06 Feb 2013 09:15

Liberal Democrat MP, John Pugh, is embarking on a Fellowship at a leading waste and resource management company,  FCC Environment, to learn about the UK’s growing green economy.

Organised by the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT), the Fellowship will include discussions with recycling experts and tours of FCC Environment’s recycling and treatment facilities as well as a visit to a specialist waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling facility. The MP for Southport will also visit FCC Environment sister company .A.S.A. Group sites in Austria and Slovakia to examine recycling infrastructure and consider the future of the sector in central and eastern Europe.

John Pugh commented: “The green sector is vital to the UK economy and creates jobs so I’m interested to observe how a waste management company such as FCC Environment operates. It was great to talk to an international company that are at the forefront of the modern recycling industry – an industry which has both a huge potential and is of major social importance”.

Mike Snell, FCC Environment's head of external affairs, said: “FCC Environment provides essential environmental and energy services to businesses and communities so we’re eager to help parliamentarians better understand the waste and recycling industry.

“MPs and peers routinely set laws and policies that can heavily impact ‘UK plc’ so it’s vital they understand what makes business tick. This understanding will help them make decisions that are positive and relevant for the health of the country’s economy.”

The IPT is an independent, non-lobbying and non-partisan educational charity that provides a platform of engagement between UK parliamentarians and businesses, supported by all the major political parties. Nick Maher, chief executive of the IPT, said: “The IPT is delighted to be able to organise John Pugh’s Fellowship which examines waste management as well as manufacturing and ports.

“The programme operates under an educational ethos and is intended to provide parliamentarians with a unique insight into wider business issues. Every programme is bespoke and designed around the individual’s interests. We are grateful to FCC Environment for the support of the scheme and for taking the opportunity to host John Pugh as part of his Fellowship.”

FCC Environment has been a member of the IPT since 2003 and Mike Snell, former IPT executive committee member, added: "John Pugh is particularly interested in understanding the waste recycling business and, as a leader in the UK, we are very keen to help him get under the skin of this important sector. His visit to Austria and Slovakia with our colleagues at .A.S.A. will help him to put the recycling business in the UK into a wider, European context.”

Dan Rogerson, Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall, completed an IPT Fellowship with FCC Environment in 2012.

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Notes for editors:

From waste to resource.  FCC Environment is a leading UK waste and resource management company, and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business.  Our vision is to be the environmental company of choice, delivering change for a sustainable future.  We offer:


Municipal services

Business waste solutions


Green energy

Waste processing and disposal


We employ 2,400 people and operate more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales.



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