Behind the scenes

There are so many things I love about my job, but one of the things I particularly enjoy is taking our key customers behind the scenes at Yorwaste’s ‘bin to bulb’ open days.

This involves showing key customers how waste facilities work so they have a full understanding of what happens to the waste we collect from them and the ‘journey’ their waste takes. My favourite part is when they realise just how much waste beautiful York creates!

In September, I had the pleasure of hosting a visit for representatives from York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, York Barbican, TSYS, CGC Events/York Racecourse, BATA and Caw Ingredients.

The day started with a tour of our flag ship Harewood Waste facility, near York. Here, our customers were able to see how their recyclables are handled via our Materials Recycling Facility.

Harewood is also the place where general (black bag) waste is initially brought, before being transferred a few miles down the road to the Amey Allerton Waste Recovery Park. Importantly we also spent some time discussing ‘battery awareness’ and the dangers of batteries in black bag waste so they fully understood why they must be handled separately to avoid fires.

Once we were fed and watered, I took our guests to Allerton, where they were given a special behind the scenes tour hosted by Amey, who run the Park. Here they were able to see the process that transforms their general waste into electricity – hence the title ‘bin to bulb’.

We always receive great feedback from our customers following the bin to bulb events, and the latest one was no different. One customer commented on how he would now be able to take back what he had learned to ensure his organisation becomes even more focused on recycling as much waste as possible.

Another great initiative I am involved with at Yorwaste is Women of Waste. This is an initiative which sees female staff at Yorwaste coming together to plan internal and external projects which showcase the impact women are having on the waste industry. We’re super busy planning a range of events and in September we agreed to take forward a ‘takeover’ of one of our household waste recycling centres (HWRC). This will see our Hazel Court HWRC in York being ran entirely by women for one day later in October, with the aim of encouraging even more women to join the industry and showing that the waste industry is open to all with few barriers to success. I will let you know how this goes in next month’s blog.

Another part of my job includes assisting with the writing of tenders. September saw us complete and submit tenders for two large, well-known organisations in North Yorkshire. Unfortunately, for obvious reasons, I can’t say any more at this stage, but hopefully if we are successful, I will be able to reveal the names of these organisations in a future blog – fingers, toes and everything else crossed!

The rest of September was taken up with more networking, site audits and risk assessments. Phew! Never a dull day at Yorwaste!

See you in October.


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