Clearpoint Recycling, a recyclable materials exporter based in Harrogate, England, has hired Andrew Perkins as its new head of paper to lead the firm’s growing fiber operation.
Perkins has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Clearpoint Recycling reports in a news release. He has worked for a number of waste management, recycling and paper manufacturing companies in both operational and commercial roles. Prior to joining the Clearpoint Recycling team, he was most recently commercial director at global paper-based packaging firm Smurfit Kappa Recycling, Dublin, Ireland, where he was responsible for all supply into the firm’s U.K. mills, as well as trading on surplus fiber to its continental operation and third-party mills in Europe and the Far East.
“With the current economic and political uncertainty, it’s a turbulent time for the recovered paper market,” says William Lee, Clearpoint Recycling’s CEO and founder. “However, it’s amid these industry challenges that we can demonstrate our faith in the industry and remain resilient, fighting to keep our stakeholders’ materials moving smoothly. Andrew’s wealth of experience plays an important role in sustaining our strong and ethical offering to our clients.”
“We have a very successful polymer material recycling operation at Clearpoint, but over the past 12 months, paper for recycling has proven to be an increasingly important part of the business. Having Andrew on board to help us further evolve this area ensures we’re enhancing our knowledge of the fiber market both in the U.K. and overseas,” adds Duncan Oakes, managing director at Clearpoint Recycling.
The news comes at a time when the materials broker has also recorded its biggest year-over-year increase in workforce numbers, employing 24 new colleagues in the last 12 months, the company reports in a news release. Currently, 43 people work at Clearpoint Recycling.
In recent months, the company hired Paul Clarke to be a dedicated fiber buyer in August. The firm also hired Martijn Janssen as an overseas-based European sales manager in 2018. According to a news release from Clearpoint Recycling, Janssen has been investigating expert recycling facilities within the fiber market and driving paper sales for the past 12 months.