Peter Netchaef, an engineer who has spent 30 years in the development of recycling solutions in Australia and overseas, has been appointed The Newspaper Works’ environment director.
Mr Netchaef is a former chairman of the Australian Council of Recyclers, advisor to the UK government on recycling and former chair of the Australian Industry Group’s National Environment Committee.
He also was one of the few non-government people to be a member of Australia’s UN delegation on hazardous waste – a position in which he was instrumental in forging a workable outcome to the international Basel Convention.
In his environment role at The Newspaper Works, Mr Netcaef will provide leadership for publishers on environmental and recycling issues and liaise with governments on legislation and compliance.
Born in Denmark, where he was educated, Mr Netchaef worked as a civil engineer in Europe and the Middle East before migrating to Australia in 1979.
Joining BHP, he worked in the minerals and oil sector in Australia, the USA and Mexico for several years, before joining the Sims Group, the world’s largest recycling company, after a brief stint as a consultant.
Mr Netchaef held a number of positions at Sims, starting as environmental manager, progressing to general manager, group services and director of Sims Recycling Solutions (SRS), the electronics recycling arm of the Sims Group. He helped also conceptualise the unit, made a number of mergers and acquisitions for it and ran it as a commercial entity.
In 2007, he headed up the group’s global sustainability agenda and in 2008 transferred to the UK as global director of sustainability for the company’s 270 operations in 26 countries. Mr Netchaef also was director of safety, health, environment and community for all of the group’s UK metals operations and the worldwide electronics recycling group, SRS.