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It’s time to vote for this year’s industry giants in the Resource Hot 100!

The waste and resources industry has had a challenging year, with a lot to think about as the pressure to tackle climate change ratchets up.

The UK Government and devolved administrations are showing ambition to go further, asking manufacturers, producers, retailers, waste companies, local authorities and even the public to pick up the baton. Elsewhere in Europe and beyond, the imperative to tackle waste in all its forms is just as acute.

Hot100 2021To do this takes leadership and innovation by people committed to making a difference – qualities that we recognise in our annual industry poll, the Resource Hot 100.

Voting is now open for you to tell us who are the current giants of the circular economy. Now in its 18th year, our annual list recognises the most influential, creative and downright important people that have made a key difference to the way our waste resources are being managed and protected.

We have already populated the Hot 100 website with nominees from recent years who are still actively fighting the good fight. If you don’t see someone that you feel is making a difference, it’s easy to nominate them – and they will be added to the list. Chances are other colleagues in the industry will feel the same and cast a vote for him or her – or even them, as we recognise teams as well!

Last year’s winner was David Palmer-Jones, Chief Executive of Suez’s UK operation, who has also played a leading role in several of the industry’s key organisations. Described variously by voters as “inspirational”, “brilliant” and with a “clear vision for a circular economy”, he has made a notable impact and is likely to continue doing so in the years ahead.

As has consistently been the case, last year’s Top 10 reflects the broad spectrum of roles that shape the waste resources sector, from celebrated television presenters to inspiring campaigners and activists, from innovators to brilliant thinkers and practitioners.

So, who will take this year’s plaudits? To cast your vote, visit the Hot 100 site and tell us why your candidate stands tallest among the giants of the circular economy. If more than one person caught your eye this year, then you can vote for them as well.

The poll will run until midnight on 10 January 2022, with the results published in the Spring edition of Resource Magazine published in February and here on, with a countdown via our social media channels.

Who do you think rates highest for inspiration? Who will prove unbeatable on innovation? Who has used their influence for good, and who has fought for improvement? We are excited to see who you choose.

Cast your vote now.