From plastic producer to pollution fighter: Martyn Tickner on the dilemma facing the war on waste

Martyn Tickner of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste has spent a 40-year career in the petrochemicals industry. Image: Martyn Tickner Martyn Tickner has spent a 40-year career in the petrochemicals industry working for plastic producers, and wants to finish it in a job tackling a problem his industry is often blamed for creating. The Briton, who has a degree in chemical engineering from Cambridge University, joined the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a Singapore-based non-profitbacked by plastic producers and users such as Shell, Exxon Mobil, Dow, Sabic, BASF and Procter & Gamble at the start of the year. The alliance has committed to spend US$1.5 billion on waste collection and processing solutions in Southeast Asia over the next five years, and Ticker is in charge of project sourcing and development. “I wanted to end my career addressing a global problem [plastic pollution], and work for an organisation that can really make a difference,” he told Eco-Business. Tickner’s career switch comes after three years as chief executive of Bangkok-headquartered HMC Polymers, which produces almost one million tonnes of plastic a year. He’s also worked for long spells at plastics firm LyondellBasell and oil giant Shell, where he began his […]

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