Nik Spencer is an entrepreneur and founder of a number of successful start-ups, many within the recycling and resource management sector. The HERU is his latest invention in a lifetime’s quest to divert material from landfill and continue to find better ways to manage resources.
His first resource management business began in 1992. Nik noticed that shredded newspapers provided a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to animal bedding. He began collecting, shredding and selling newspapers developing a business that became one of the largest suppliers of animal bedding in the UK, before selling the business to BIFFA. This is believed to be the first commercial kerbside recycling company in Europe.
From here, Nik started a number of businesses. This included a refuse and recycling vehicle hire company, offering recycled paper collection contracts to local authorities to meet the demand of the 1999 Landfill Directive which included the target to divert 50% of material from landfill by 2020. After extensive government lobbying, WCR became the first commercial company to obtain recycling credits.
In 2006 the municipal recycling and refuse fleet was sold to PFB Ltd.
Nik’s then developed Pure Recycling Ltd. The aim was to build a state of the art automated Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), enabling better segregation of mixed recyclables. In 2010 this business was sold to Kier Group PLC.
However, with an acute passion for environmental sustainability, Nik wanted to refocus his talent into giving the power of resource management to the homeowner. Working in partnership with numerous academics across Europe, Nik developed an idea that would bring the HERU to life.
Nik is married and lives with his wife and two children in Worcestershire.