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Mr. Ian Wakelin

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Chief Executive Officer

Phone: +44 **** *** ***  HQ Phone
Biffa Plc
Coronation Road, Cressex,
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP12 3TZ
United Kingdom

Company Description: Biffa Plc is engaged in the provision of integrated waste management services comprising collection, treatment and recycling and disposal services. Biffa is...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Honours Degree , Accounting and International Finance
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ukDEA - Latest News, 19 Mar 2014 [cached]
The chief executive of Biffa, Ian Wakelin, has spoken out in support of district heating and has said that a faster uptake of heat networks is crucial if we are to reduce our dependence on sending usable rubbish abroad.
Known in the industry as 'refuse derived fuel' (RDF), this product is a useful fuel source which could be kept in the country and used to generate heat for homes and businesses. However, because of the lack of demand for this product, the majority of it is currently being sent abroad where foreign governments support of district energy schemes has led to the extensive development of heat networks.
Biffa are currently the second largest exporter of RDF in the UK, sending around 191,000 tonnes of material to Europe each year. Despite this, Mr Wakelin said that he would favour selling this material to UK based companies as long as they remained competitive with their European counterparts. In an exclusive interview with, Wakelin commented,
The reason for this, according to ..., 5 Mar 2014 [cached]
The reason for this, according to Biffa Waste Services' chief executive Ian Wakelin, is the RDF market's immaturity - everything from the lack of EFW infrastructure and planning delays for new plants, to a lack of confidence in the business case and hard-to-access finance for new plants.
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Ian Wakelin
Ian has an Honours Degree in Accounting and International Finance and became a Chartered Accountant in 1987. He left Arthur Andersen in the 1980's to join Waste Management International Limited, a multinational Environmental Services Company to take it through its Initial Public Offering and subsequently held a number of positions throughout the Waste Management Group including Managing Director of the Group's UK operation, UK Waste, a fully integrated UK waste management company with a turnover in excess of £250 million.
Ian went on to co-found Materials Recovery Limited (MRL) in 2001 (which was renamed Greenstar in 2003) having identified opportunities to address the UK deficit of recycling asset infrastructure.
Under Ian's leadership, Greenstar soon became a notable major player in the UK waste industry which was acquired by the owners of Biffa in June 2010, at which point Greenstar revenues were approximately £135m per annum. Ian took up his current position as CEO at Biffa in September 2010.
Ian Wakelin
Verdant Group Plc, 15 Nov 2007 [cached]
Ian Wakelin, CEO of Greenstar UK, commented:
NTR - News - Press Releases, 24 Sept 2007 [cached]
Ian Wakelin, Managing Director of Greenstar UK commented: "The UK has a real deficit in recycling infrastructure, particularly in the Birmingham area, and Greenstar UK is addressing this need.
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