Always learning

I am always learning in this job and I am delighted to say that I am now getting my head around a whole new subject – social housing.

That is because we discovered in November that we had been successful in our tender to provide waste services for Broadacres Housing Association.

Ironically, when I look out of the window at our head office in Northallerton, the Broadacres office is directly opposite so picking up the waste from there will be easy enough, ha ha!

But as well as the head office, we will also be collecting from other Broadacres sites, such as sheltered and extra care housing schemes. Broadacres are focused on increasing recycling, so we’re excited at the prospect of working with them to achieve this goal – but more on this in a future rambling, I mean blog!

A great example of how we have helped a customer to increase recycling is the University of York.

We have been working with the University since 2015 and figures for the last academic year revealed we helped them achieve a recycling rate of 53%. When you consider this rate was at 35% when we started, it’s quite an achievement, particularly given the complexity of the waste collection service that Yorwaste provides. We’re all pretty chuffed!

We carry out 2,500-4,000 collections of bins (depending on the time of year) across the University Campus each month, with dedicated bins either being used for dry mixed recyclables such as plastic, paper and cans; glass or general waste.

And because students who attend the University come from all over Great Britain and the rest of the world, where different waste and recycling collection methods are used; an educational campaign has also been necessary to ensure they, and staff, recycle correctly.

We are not one to rest on our laurels though, so working with the wonderful Mark Clough, the University of York’s Sustainability Manager, we’re looking forward to increasing this even further in the current academic year.

Talking sustainability, it was a pleasure to attend a Future Labs event staged by York Business School at York St John University. Along with Yorwaste’s Head of Sales and Marketing, Matthew Wilkinson, we were among a range of businesses from across the country invited to discuss sustainability.

We were in very good company alongside the likes of the Grand Hotel York and Nestle, and there was a fascinating debate around such an important issue.

You get to visit some amazing places in my job and discussing waste streams at an historic, beautiful venue in North Yorkshire was one of the many highlights of the month.

For some reason, I also visited a lot of pubs in November too. It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it right?

And on the subject of pubs, until my next blog, let me wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and remember to drink responsibly folks, hic……

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