Dr Nina Sweet awarded OBE for services to the waste industry

18th June 2012

WRAP is today delighted to confirm that Dr Nina Sweet has been awarded an OBE for her long standing services to the waste industry.

Dr Sweet began her career in water industry research with WRc, environmental consultancy, following her PhD from Nottingham University in environmental physiology. She was seconded to the Environment Agency to support work on the regulation of the use of sewage sludge in agriculture. Dr Sweet worked with a team that included water industry representatives, retailers and government to develop the Safe Sludge Matrix – a document which changed the way the water industry, farmers and retailers thought about and worked with sewage sludge.   Dr Sweet was the Environment Agency lead for the development of the quality protocol for compost and the PAS100 documentation that supports it. This QP was a “game changer” for industry enabling the industry to sell products rather than waste.


In 2008, Dr Sweet was seconded to WRAP to lead work on the ADQP and the PAS110 documentation. In 2010, her skills were recognised further as she was again seconded into Defra to support the Coalition’s Manifesto commitment to create “a huge increase in energy from waste through anaerobic digestion” through the development of the AD strategy and Action Plan.  At WRAP, Nina supports the team delivering this on a daily basis, providing technical input into the WRAP programme, assessing bids for WRAP funding and for AD loans, and generally supporting the composting and AD industries to deliver the markets that they need to maintain sustainable and viable businesses.


Dr Sweet, sector specialist for organics and energy from waste at WRAP, says: “I was stunned to be informed of this OBE, and I am of course delighted to accept it not just for myself, but for all my colleagues at WRAP, and also at the Environment Agency too. We have all achieved a huge amount in a short space of time and this award is a reflection of all the hard work and dedication shown by so many people in moving the organic waste treatment industry towards a real resource management industry.”


Dr Liz Goodwin, CEO at WRAP said: “I am absolutely delighted that Dr Nina Sweet’s efforts have been recognised in this way. It is fantastic recognition of all the work she has done over the years for the sector – in particular, all her work in support of AD and the AD action plan, and a tribute to all those continuing to work in this important growth area.”


Dr Sweet is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys seeing change in action.


Katie Wheater

PR Manager, WRAP
01295 817872