Playing with Lego

So, rather than starting the month sifting through a customer’s waste, July began by playing with Lego.

No, I was not trying to recreate scenes from my childhood; in this case it was a part of a team-building exercise undertaken as part of the Future Leaders training programme I am part of at Yorwaste.

The aim of the exercise was to build a structure which best represented Yorwaste and we were split into teams to carry out the tasks. Early in the day, using the DISC (Dominance, Influence, Conscientiousness and Steadiness) profiling tool and even though I wanted to be an influencer, not surprisingly, I found myself on the dominant side of the spectrum.

According to the profile, this means I am direct, results-oriented, firm, strong-willed and forceful. Well, I am sure my fellow team members would agree with all this, especially when they saw me in action in the Lego challenge. Put it this way, we won!

There’s always lots of meetings in my diary and July was no exception. Visiting customers is such a great part of my job, so it was nice to catch up with the guys and girls at York Racecourse. They are one of our biggest customers and with the flat season in full flow, I am regularly in contact to ensure their waste service is running smoothly. Living close to the course, I know how busy it gets on race days and this results in a lot of waste being produced, but we’re making good strides in increasing recycling.

I also visited the University of York, another long-standing client, for our bi-monthly catch up and discussed waste and recycling with a number of prominent York based businesses who welcome having the ability to use a York-based business with a primary disposal site within North Yorkshire (Allerton Waste Recovery Park).

It was also great to welcome a new client on board. It’s a key player within the soft drinks industry based in North Yorkshire so it’s fantastic to be associated with a successful local business like this and I am looking forward to working with them to meet all their waste and recycling needs.

I accompanied my fellow Yorwaste colleague Lisa Hibbert to the Women’s Recycling Alliance (WRA) in Birmingham The WRA is a network connecting women in the waste industry and it’s a good way to see what others are up to into waste and sharing best practice etc.

I am also one of the leads in a Women of Waste (WOW) group set up at Yorwaste. Our next meeting is in September, so I will talk more about this in a future blog.

That’s it for July. I look forward to letting you know what ‘dominated’ my Yorwaste life in August!

Kate

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