As part of our ‘Day in the life’ series, we caught up with Sales Manager Stuart to get the low down on what he gets up to at Commercial Recycling and how he spends his time outside of work.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have been working for Commercial Recycling for a long time… since 2000 in fact! I started working here part-time whilst I was in school and have stayed here ever since.
As the Sales Manager for CRL, I deal with many of the incoming sales enquiries whilst also looking at ways to improve the business, dealing with new and repeat customers and completing research for the business.
What does a typical day at work look like?
Typically, my day will start within the office at Canford Recycling Centre, I will work with my team to ensure everyone knows what’s going on and then move on to any new enquiries that have come in. I usually spend my afternoons meeting people at local businesses to conduct site surveys and discover what waste types they generate and how we can help them.
What excites you most about working at Commercial Recycling?
I deal a lot with the more specialist side of business waste which I find very interesting. This includes the disposing of hazardous waste such as asbestos and chemicals. General waste doesn’t really vary much but hazardous waste is an area of growth for us and there are lots of variations of hazardous waste so it is more interesting. With hazardous waste, we are able to offer a complete service that includes packaging, collection and disposal.
As I said earlier, there is also the research side of my role, we regularly see businesses come to us with no understanding of how to remove and dispose of a certain material and sometimes it’s something completely new for us too.
I have always enjoyed visiting the energy from waste sites. As a business, we are aiming for ‘zero waste to landfill’ so there has been a shift from sending non-recyclable waste to landfill to sites that will use it to produce energy. I have visited a couple of Energy Recovery Facilities in both Cardiff and Plymouth, these visits are always interesting as you get to see the technology behind it and how they create power from waste. It’s great to see the difference companies like ours are actually making.
What are some of the most interesting businesses you have worked with?
Sticking with the hazardous waste theme, this side of the business has sent me to some really interesting businesses, all of which are relatively local which is always nice to see.
We recently helped a Dorset school clear out their chemical cupboards and sort out their science department, it’s not something you really think of but it is hugely important that this gets dealt with in the right way using the correct methods.
I have also been lucky enough to work alongside local NHS hospitals to help them manage their waste.
Another job I enjoyed working on was for the Forestry Commission to ensure that the forest was kept clean and that bins were emptied in the correct intervals. I really feel like every day our business is doing a huge amount of good for the environment which is a great feeling.
How do you get that important work/life balance?
I have quite a few hobbies which I spend a lot of time doing outside of work, these include football, golf, running, cycling, and skiing. Keeping active is really important to me. I am becoming a dad for the first time in early 2022 which I am sure will keep me busy too!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
I would like to think if you asked any of my colleagues this, they would say driven, friendly and ambitious. (Stuart also added ‘cute’ into this mix, but we won’t mention that!)
Tell us something about yourself that not many people know
Myself and Nicola (who also works for Commercial Recycling) won the Horse of the Year show in 1999, representing Poole Pony Club at the Prince Phillip Cup.
What waste qualifications do you have?
I have the following qualifications:
- Treatment & transfer of non-hazardous waste
- Treatment & transfer of hazardous waste
- CPC Transport Manager qualification
- First Aid at work
- IOSH Managing Safely
I’m also a member of the CIWM (Charter Institute of Waste Management).
What makes Commercial Recycling different?
Firstly, we are a local and independent family run business which I think speaks a thousand words in terms of our ethos and how we treat both our staff and our customers. We have the ability to make quick decisions and help people and everyone here really does seem to care.
I also think a huge benefit of Commercial Recycling is that we are a one-stop-shop for businesses that have waste to dispose of. You can bring all your waste, regardless of its type to us, this could include mixed waste, hazardous, wood and green waste all in one load, saving you time and money. Plus, you will have the reassurance from us that it will be separated correctly and recycled where possible.
Want to speak to Stuart about your business working with Commercial Recycling?
Now that you know a little bit more about Stuart, our Sales Manager, feel free to get in contact with him if you are interested in discussing your business waste disposal requirements.