Wright, Mick

Mr Mick Wright CEnv DMS MBA MCIWM (b. 1949) worked a refuse collector, then as an LGV driver for Luton Borough Council from 1974. He was elected as a Senior Shop Steward for the Transport and General Workers Union in 1977, and in 1981 he was elected as a councillor for Bedfordshire County Council where he served until 1989. He became Quality Insurance Inspector for Luton Borough Council’s cleansing contract in 1990, then Refuse Collection Manager, Street Cleansing Manager, Cleaning General Manager, and finally Head of Waste Management until his retirement in 2009. He is writing a book with the working title, ‘The History of Rubbish in Luton from 1850 to 2010’.

Wright, Mick  - transcript of an audio interview

The Development of Waste Management in the UK c.1960–c.2000

Luton Borough Council waste operatives protest about plans to privatise waste management services, 1989. Photograph by Mick Wright and provided by him with permission.