Jürgen Priesters started his career in 1989 in an environmental engineering company, U.T.G. GmbH. During his tenure, he served as a project engineer and was responsible for the layout and approval process planning of the first light packaging waste sorting plant. Additionally, he was accountable for an MSW sorting R&D project in an existing plant, RRA (Rohstoffrückgewinnungsanlage) Haus Forst.
In 1992, Mr. Priesters transferred to the parent company Trienekens GmbH, at that time the biggest waste management company and waste treatment technology leader in Germany. His responsibilities included plant optimization, planning and new plant design for C&D waste, C&I waste, MSW, packaging waste, paper, E-scrap, car shredder, plastic recycling and RDF production plants. In 2002/2003, he led a team that was entirely accountable for organizing and implementing the first large-scale experiments with MSW sorting, including the sorting of recyclable materials from household waste and subsequent recovery of the sorted materials.
Several patents, that are still use today, are credited to Mr. Priesters and his team. These comprise of those for RDF production, packaging waste sorting plants and MSW sorting plants.
In 2002, Trienekens was acquired by RWE, where Mr. Priesters overtook technical responsibility for more than 100 sorting and recycling plants.
He started with TITECH GmbH, today known as Tomra Sorting Recycling, in 2005, where is currently Business Development Director. Together, with his team of 5 people, he is responsible for the establishment and growth of new and existing MSW treatment facilities worldwide, new segments and new application.