Carfin’s Katie is country’s top young recycler

Scottish Young Recycler of the Year Katie Ferrie
Scottish Young Recycler of the Year Katie Ferrie

A Carfin woman has been named as Scottish Young Recycler of the Year at the Scottish Government’s Scottish Resources Awards.

Katie Ferrie is employed by waste management firm Viridor as Scottish strategic sales delivery manager at its Scottish headquarters at Eurocentral.

Katie (24) beat off stiff competition from young recycling, resources and waste managers from across Scotland’s public and private sectors to achieve the award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Scotland’s green economy.

A product of the company’s fast track graduate programme, she joined Viridor following the successful conclusion of a business placement with Viridor and North Lanarkshire Council whilst at university

Katie said: “Having studied Environmental Management and Planning at GCU, I’ve been living and breathing the green energy sector for quite some time.

“I am incredibly thankful to have won this award because it’s my passion. I love my job and to get a reward like this really means a lot.”

The standout for judges on the evening was Katie’s role in leading Viridor’s operations and management preparedness for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which helped them become the greenest games ever.

Viridor Scottish regional managing director Colin Paterson said: “Katie is a fantastic example of the type of bright and committed young graduate that the Scottish resource sector needs to flourish.”

North Lanarkshire environment convener Councillor Helen McKenna said: “I’m thrilled that the education, skills and intelligence of yet another young woman from North Lanarkshire has been recognised by Scottish Government.

“I wish her well in her future career.”