A meeting with a waste professional… Peter Vernon

A meeting with a waste professional… Peter Vernon

As a waste baler provider, the Riverside team liaises with an array of industry experts on a regular basis. 

So, in our latest Q&A, we’re introducing some of the ‘faces behind the waste’. Next up, it’s Peter Vernon, managing director of ESE World Ltd – Europe’s leading manufacturer of intelligent waste storage solutions.

Find out about his role, career history, and what he thinks about the future of the waste industry…

Tell us a little bit about your company:

At ESE, we’re deeply committed to delivering sustainable, intelligent, high-quality solutions for waste and recyclable materials – quality and sustainability are at the heart of everything we do. And, we pride ourselves on helping our clients to streamline their processes and drive sustainability targets forward.

What’s your role there?

I’m the managing director of ESE World Ltd and my main responsibility is to drive the strategic direction of the company – with a focus on maintaining market share and expanding our existing customer base.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

The opportunity to meet — and work with — other sustainability-minded professionals who are dedicated to making the world a better place and delivering innovative solutions to preserve our planet for future generations. 

Sum up the UK waste industry in three words:

Exciting, emerging, and vital.   

How long have you worked at ESE and what’s your career history?

Interestingly, my first experience within the world of waste was in 1992 here at ESE – then known as Otto UK Ltd. I joined the firm as a sales representative, before coming full circle almost 30 years later – it’s great to be back in a role at the helm of the company!

How would your colleagues describe you in one word?


What is one of the main challenges being faced by the sector right now? 

The waste industry needs to see a massive reduction in the amount of packaging. In turn, this will help to promote a more recycling-savvy society in which the resource potential of all ‘waste’ streams is harnessed effectively.

Tell us something we may not know about the waste industry… 

Recycling a single glass bottle will save enough energy to power a laptop for half an hour.

Finish the sentence: The future of waste is… 

Prioritising quality over price. For example, when it comes to waste management solutions such as wheelie bins, high-quality products are not only more sustainable for an organisation in environmental terms, but economic ones too!