Nick Morgan Director at Veolia Field Services, United Kingdom, and Sarpi, Switzerland

Dividing his time between the United Kingdom and Switzerland, Nick Morgan supervises the cross-border transport of hazardous waste worldwide.
Published in the dossier of December 2019

Nick Morgan is, so to speak, a hazardous waste adventurer. A sort of super bomb disposal expert and pollution buster. Explosives, soils contaminated with napalm, toxic waste, chemical pollution, etc. are his business. He is motivated by the challenge — posed by each new assignment — of transforming a high-risk area into a healthy space where nature can safely reassert itself.

Nick has been the Director of Veolia Field Services in the United Kingdom and SARPI in Switzerland since 2019. Interested in chemical waste treatment for 25 years, he began working for Veolia in 2005, after studying biochemistry and environmental management. Having joined SARPI in 2012, he has gained unique experience on the ground in the highly specific field of hazardous industrial waste packaging, cross-border transport, and treatment on an international scale.

After crisscrossing the globe for several years, he now divides his time between Switzerland and the United Kingdom, from where he supervises the transport of hazardous waste worldwide, ensuring that it is safely brought to Europe for different types of treatment: activated carbon regeneration, chemical waste decontamination, or the treatment of mercury-containing products, particularly batteries.
From Argentina through Morocco to South Africa, this hazardous waste is extracted from its country of origin and treated thanks to SARPI’s network of plants in France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain and Poland.
To illustrate this singular job, about which he is as passionate as ever, Nick tells of his experience in Mozambique, where Veolia Field Services is working with the UN as part of a health and environment program. He heads up teams that collect products from the agrochemical industry, such as abandoned pesticide stocks, and package them for transport. “By transporting this hazardous waste outside a country to a treatment site that has adequate infrastructure, we leave a safer, better environment behind us,” explains Nick. “I was really struck by the beauty of Mozambique. Knowing that we can help preserve it is a great source of satisfaction and motivation in the work that we do day to day. The impact of our activity on people’s health and the environment is really something to be proud of.”