Being Mighty starts at the top and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is proud to have Nigel Wheeler at its helm for waste and recycling. 

Nigel Wheeler, Group Director for Prosperity, Development & Frontline Services,joined Taf Ely Council over 39 years ago as an apprentice carpenter and his professional journey continued with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council after the reorganisation. Nigel later worked as a housing officer, before discovering his real passion in the environment, starting with waste and recycling. Nigel has led the Highways and Streetcare team for over 19 years and is known as a leader in all things recycling and beyond for Wales.

His dedication and leadership has led to many innovative and ground-breaking projects being developed locally and nationally, from being the first Council in south Wales to introduce kerbside nappy recycling, to a first-of-its-kind mattress recycling system being installed and Community Recycling Centres.

In more recent years, Nigel was instrumental in the Tomorrow’s Valleys project, which saw Rhondda Cynon Taf become the home of food waste recycling for three Counties and sources Energy From Waste from four Counties. The success is now being built upon by working to develop a true green circular economy by developing an eco-park within Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Nigel has always worked tirelessly and his devotion has now been given the royal seal of approval as his hard work to waste and recycling during the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic has been rewarded with a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020. Nigel has and continues to play an instrumental role in keeping recycling and waste services running during the current pandemic and in the re-opening of Community Recycling Centres not just in Rhondda Cynon Taf, but across Wales.

Chris Bradshaw, Chief Executive Officer at RCT Council, said: “I am proud to have Nigel as part of the Senior Leadership Team and it is great to see that his exemplary work throughout what has been an incredibly challenging year for frontline services, has been recognised. Well done, Nigel and well deserved.”

Leader of RCT Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan, said: “I’m pleased to see that Nigel’s work and devotion throughout what has been an incredibly difficult year has been rewarded. Nigel is and always has been an outstanding officer.”

Nigel Wheeler, RCT Council’s Group Director for Prosperity, Development and Frontline Services,said: “I was pleased and very shocked to receive the honour and I must say that it’s a team effort. It’s been an unprecedented year and everyone has come together not just for the good of RCT but for the whole country – working locally for our own County Boroughs and nationally in our bid fight this virus and to try and keep services running. The teams have gone above and beyond and are continuing to rise to the challenges that the pandemic continues to bring. Its teamwork that will get us through this and together we can help to keep RCT and Wales safe.”

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Posted on Wednesday 14th October 2020

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