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35 under 35 is an exciting awards programme that identifies the ‘young guns’ in the waste and recycling industry who are striving for professional excellence, promoting industry innovation and giving back to his or hers company or community. 


Are you a rising star who has shown vision, creativity and determination? Do you know someone who is a leader and/or an inspiration? You can nominate yourself or a peer, but they must work in the waste, recycling or organics industries.


Achieving 35 under 35 status offers the springboard for career progression, giving industry-wide recognition for professional competency while highlighting the individual’s passion and dedication.




35 under 35 is a platform to recognise talented individuals in the waste and recycling industry. The judges are looking to honour people under the age of 35 who have helped to progress their business (as part of a team or individually) in a notable way.

We are searching for trailblazers, those unafraid to challenge the norm, fresh thinkers and those who have achieved substantial success at a young age.

This list honours the stars of our industry and entries are encouraged from across the industry – whether you are up and coming at a large waste management company, an entrepreneur or at the pinnacle of technology in our industry, we’d like to hear from you.

Winners will receive: 

  • Full profile on 35 under 35 website

  • List featured on leading industry news website

  • Promotional material

  • Nominees will be invited to a dedicated networking event, to mix with like-minded industry individuals.

  • Unparalleled recognition of individual achievement




The entry process consists of a 30 word summary, a 250 word entry and any supporting material you wish to submit. This should not contain words but any relevant images, pictures, graphs, testimonials etc. This is strictly limited to a maximum of 6 pages.

Your entry should summarise the nominated persons contribution to the industry in addition to their successes and achievements. Facts, figures and testimonials are encouraged to back up your reasoning.


Ultimately, the judges are looking to recognise the leading lights of our industry who will take it forward in the coming years.