Interested in the history behind present-day recycling? Check out Dave Mansell's new website

A website has been launched to share history on recycling and reports prepared by Dave Mansell, who retired from Somerset Waste Partnership earlier this year.

Dave first set-up a paper collection in 1981 and has had a career in recycling since 1989. His first job was National Co-ordinator of Recycling City, a partnership project that introduced modern kerbside recycling to the UK. Later, he helped develop the stillage collection system in Bath and introduced the UK’s first large-scale food waste collections in Somerset. One of his final tasks last year was to gain support for three-weekly refuse collections, alongside enhanced recycling, to be introduced to all five Somerset districts.

Dave has also long been involved with LARAC. He served on the executive for five years from 1994 and was the first Policy Officer. At 1994’s LARAC Conference , he picked up the first national recycling award for Bath’s new green box collections. He was a frequent presenter at conference, including at workshops on food waste for the last three years.

His website describes the development of kerbside recycling in the UK, including the early role of the community sector and its declining involvement the 2000s.

Dave said,

“I was lucky in my career to be involved with Recycling City, to work with Avon Friends of the Earth and to join Somerset Waste Partnership at a key time in 2003. I now feel fortunate to have been able to retire early and am already enjoying the freedom for new projects and more leisure pursuits, especially with my family. I was keen to share some of the reports I have prepared over the years and especially some of the history of how recycling developed in the UK, which it sometimes seems has already been forgotten.”

The website can be viewed at: