Aylesford newprint`s chris white to take up plastics recycling role
Aylesford Newsprint's commercial manager Chris White is leaving the paper recycling industry for the plastics recycling sector.
After 41 years at Aylesford Newsprint, the well-respected paper expert has accepted an offer to be managing director at a PET recycling firm.
Although White was unable to disclose which firm he will be working at, he revealed that it is due to open a 20,000 tonne a year plastics recycling plant in March, with the aim of eventually producing PET at a food grade level.
White said: 'When I was offered the job, it sort of rang a bell with me.
I have always wanted to be a managing director and I got the offer of this job in an exciting industry and decided to take it.'
White is to start his new role from the 1 March this year, initially working three days each week, while continuing to work at Aylesford for the remaining two days until July. However, Aylesford has asked White to stay on as a trustee to the pension fund for the foreseeable future.
White said: 'I think if you cut me open, like a stick of rock, you'd see Aylesford Newsprint all the way through. I have enjoyed my time at Aylesford immensely. I'm going to miss all of the people there without a doubt.'
Having officially joined the firm as a trainee accountant in 1968, White commented: 'The new De-ink technology had only just been introduced in the mid '60s, so it was a very exciting time for the industry when I joined.
'The most memorable moment I have from Aylesford is most probably when we got the financing for the PM14 in 1993. It changed Aylesford from a mill which had been shrinking, with PM13, reprocessing 90,000 tonnes each year, going up to 400,000 tonnes a year, with the new machine.'