Award success for two ODS rising stars

Published: Tuesday, 5th October 2021

ODS’ Recycling Project Coordinator Laura Paterson and Recycling Project Officer Bill Byfield, were singled out as rising stars with a ‘35 Under 35’ award in September.

Recognising rising stars

Thirty five stars of the recycling and waste sector under the age of 35 received the distinction at the ceremony. 35 under 35 is an exciting awards programme that identifies the ‘young guns’ in the waste and recycling industry who are striving for professional excellence, promoting industry innovation and giving back to his or her company or community. 

Bill and Laura were awarded their 35 under 35 status for professional excellence, promoting industry innovation and giving back to ODS, Oxford City Council, and the community.

Organised by and sponsored by Grundon, the event heard from Neil Grundon, vice chairman and Steve Eminton editor of Mr Grundon presented the top three status holders, which included Laura, with a bottle of champagne to mark their achievement.

Achieving 35 under 35 status offers the springboard for career progression, giving industry-wide recognition for professional competency whilst highlighting the individual’s passion and dedication.


“The judges had seen real dedication and a level of conscientiousness among the 35 which was quite amazing. They have contributed so much to their business or council, taking the lead, showing initiative and doing more than might be expected.”
Steve Eminton, editor of


"My congratulations to Laura and Bill. It’s wonderful that we have these two rising stars who have shown vision, creativity and determination for the benefit of ODS and the people of Oxford. They clearly demonstrate ODS’ underlying principle of “doing good” for our community.”
Cllr Lubna Arshad, Cabinet Member for Parks and Waste Reduction


“I am really proud to have been nominated as one of three winners by for their 35 under 35 awards, which recognise rising stars in the waste and recycling industry.

“It was great to be able to go to the awards ceremony and meet likeminded people who are striving for greatness within the industry. Congratulations to all of the other finalists that I had the pleasure of meeting.”
Laura Paterson, ODS’ Recycling Project Coordinator


“It’s been an honour to receive one of the most prestigious awards in the waste industry.

“Standing shoulder to shoulder with some of the best and brightest has been an absolute privilege which won’t be forgotten. I’ve come back with a new vigour, along with some great ideas on how to make Oxford cleaner and greener!”
Bill Byfield Recycling Project Officer