A Day in the Life of Harry | Commercial Recycling News

Day in the Life of… Harry

For the second month of our ‘Day in the Life’ series, we had a catch up with Harry Schofield, our New Business Manager. 

Tell us a little bit about you…

I recently joined Commercial Recycling (Southern) Ltd (CRSL) as their New Business Manager.

My job is to seek out new business opportunities, with a specific focus being placed on forging relationships within agriculture and rural estates.

Historically, people have used CRSL as a tip because they know that we will dispose of the waste streams in the correct manner. With the support of Avon Material Supplies Ltd (AMS), we have identified an opportunity to help those working in agriculture more.

For example, I can work with dairy farmers to demonstrate innovative ways CRSL can help them to comply with new legislation, which aims to reduce the impact of nitrogen on the environment. One such way this could be achieved through CRSL is by using inert materials to build a slurry lagoon. CRSL are in the process of constructing a Slurry Lagoon for a client in the Christchurch area and have been engaged by other clients to construct several more later this year

After the initial piece of work has been successfully implemented it is my responsibility to continue working with the rural business so they can benefit from other CRSL and AMS products and services.

What does a typical day look like for you?

It depends which day you catch me on! I work remotely, as I spend a large amount of my time travelling across Dorset to meet with existing clients and forward thinking rural businesses. Meetings are often spent exploring new opportunities and gaining a better understanding of how CRSL can help the business to achieve some of their objectives.

On the odd day, I make a trip into the office but when I am not in the office or on a site visit, you will find me in my home office near Bovington completing all the follow up tasks from my site visits, and preparing for the next day’s trips.

What are the most interesting businesses you have visited as part of your job?

I have been to various estates and farms recently and found some interesting new opportunities, which we are excited to be working on and we hope will be the start of a few lasting relationships.

We have previously undertaken agricultural improvement works at a site near West Parley where the landowner struggled to grow sufficient grass to feed their livestock. By replacing the existing soils with a more suitable soil the grass yield increased significantly. Site visits like this are always interesting because we can truly see how our services can make a difference and help farmers and landowners.

What makes Commercial Recycling different?

For me, we have a very unique approach to things. We are very committed to helping the environment, we will recycle as much as possible, which is seen through our very high recycling rate. We are always on the lookout for new ways that we can recycle the materials that come into us. What makes this exciting for me, is that in the process of finding new ways to recycle, we are also finding new ways to help our customers.

As I said previously, we are able to use inert waste to help farms reduce their nitrogen impact on the environment, or turn currently unused spaces into practical and usable fields. This goes to show our commitment to recycling and helping the environment.

Being a people person helps me strive to build long lasting relationships with our customers. Once we start working with someone, we work hard to build and maintain an excellent partnership with our customers.

What service are you most excited about at Commercial Recycling?

Oh that would definitely be land transformation, primarily relating to outlets for inert waste materials.

I think it is great that we are able to use inert materials to transform unused land into useful places. For example we can take a disused chalk quarry, infill with inert materials, cap off with soils and sow grass seed so that the field can be used for livestock grazing.

What three words best describe you?

I like meeting and talking to new people, so I guess people-person would be one word to describe me. I would also say driven, as I definitely have a drive to find new opportunities, and my final word would be synergetic, as I enjoy working as part of a team.

Outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?

I like to spend time with family and friends. When it is a nice day, and the sun is shining, I enjoy spending time out in my garden, taking advantage of the nice weather (sometimes it can feel like such a treat in the UK).

Tell us a fact about you that not many people know

I have accidentally ended up with 2 pet sheep named Willow and Walnut. They were orphaned during the first lockdown, and we have somehow ended up with them. They are great escape artists and get out of everything!

And before anyone asks, no we will not be eating them!

Could we help you?

We are always happy to discuss new ways of helping you and your business with your waste disposal. If you would like to discuss your needs, get in touch with Harry by emailing him on harry.Schofield@commercialrecycling.co.uk.

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