Alfred A. NijkerkAlfred Arnold Nijkerk (1930) read law at Leiden University, where he graduated in 1954.After his studies and military service he entered the family scrap business in 1956; later he became general manager of the leading Dutch shipbreaking company.
In 1971 he
was invited by Royal Dutch Shell to set up a recycling group for Billiton International Metals, at that time a 100% Shell Oil subsidiary company.After leaving Billiton in 1982 he started several companies of his own: a metal-trading company, a consultancy and a firm for editing the two- monthly Magazine Recycling Benelux (MRB), a magazine he had started in 1966. He
was the editor-in-chief of MRB
for 25 years until 1991; he
now is still active as an editor and adviser for the monthly magazine 'Recycling International'.Between 1987 and 1993 Mr Nijkerk was first vice-president and then president of the Dutch Recycling Federation, an umbrella comprising 10 member organisations in the field of recycling.He was also president of the Dutch Scrap Federation, one of FHG's member organisations, for 25 years.In addition he was a vice-president of the Ferrous Division and of the Shredder Operators Committee of the international recycling organisation BIR, which has members in 53 countries.He
has written various books on recycling technology and lectures frequently on recycling techniques and 'design for recycling', at various universities in The Netherlands and elsewhere.
In 1991 Fred Nijkerk
was made a Knight of the Order of Orange - Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.