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Waardlanden has almost completed the implementation of the new waste and raw materials policy. This marks the start of a new phase for our organisation. We are moving from a development phase to a management phase. This new phase requires different accents in management. The current director Hans van den Brule will therefore step down soon and the board will start looking for a new director.

Over the past four years, under the leadership of director Hans van den Brule, major steps have been taken to improve and make the municipalities' waste and raw materials policies more sustainable. These policies have been carefully drafted and prepared by the four municipalities together with Waardlanden and are being introduced in phases. The final step is the introduction of the recycling tariff on 1 January 2024 in the municipalities of Gorinchem, Hardinxveld-Giessendam and Molenlanden.

New phase

With this latest step, our organisation is entering a new phase, from an intensive development phase to a management phase. In this new phase, it is important that basic processes in operations and finance are put in order. The board also wants good monitoring of (financial) effects of the policy and assurance of successes. This new phase requires a different type of leadership. For Hans van den Brule, a logical moment to hand over the baton. Therefore, together with the board, he decided to say goodbye and the board will look for an (interim) director.

Chairman Arjan Meerkerk: 'Also on behalf of the other board members of Waardlanden, I would like to thank Hans van den Brule for what he has achieved over the past four years and wish him all the best for the future.' Hans van den Brule will use the coming period for a proper completion and handover. Deputy director Ans Smits will deputise with support from the other members of the management team until the interim director takes office.