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    Have you ever wondered why composting matters? In this article, we explore the significant benefits of composting, not just from the perspective of industrial facilities like In-Vessel Composting (IVC), Open Windrow Composting (OWC), and Anaerobic Digestion (AD), but also why it’s crucial for your home or business. By understanding and implementing composting practices, you can contribute to a healthier environment, reduce waste, and even cut down costs.

    Understanding Composting and Its Importance

    Composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter, such as leaves, food scraps, and garden waste, into a valuable fertiliser that can enrich soil and support plant growth. This process not only helps in reducing the volume of waste sent to landfills but also plays a crucial role in creating a sustainable organic cycle.

    Industrial Composting: IVC, OWC, and AD

    Large-scale composting facilities like IVC, OWC, and AD are designed to handle substantial amounts of organic waste generated by urban populations and industries. These facilities are crucial for managing waste efficiently and sustainably:

    In-Vessel Composting (IVC) involves enclosed environments where temperature and moisture levels are controlled, speeding up the composting process and ensuring that even meat and dairy products are broken down effectively.

    Open Windrow Composting (OWC) is suitable for garden and park wastes, including branches, grass, and leaves. This method involves placing organic waste in long rows, which are regularly turned to introduce oxygen, crucial for composting.

    Anaerobic Digestion (AD) is a process that breaks down organic materials in the absence of oxygen, producing biogas that can be used to generate electricity and heat, alongside compost.

    These technologies not only help in waste management but also contribute to renewable energy production and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Composting at Home and in Your Business

    While industrial facilities handle large volumes, composting at home or within your business is equally important. It’s an effective way to manage organic waste, such as kitchen scraps and paper products, reducing your carbon footprint and minimising the reliance on chemical fertilisers.

    At Home: Starting a compost bin can significantly cut down the amount of household waste while providing excellent soil conditioner for your garden.

    In Your Business: For businesses, especially in the food and beverage sector, composting can be a game-changer. Reducing waste disposal costs and creating a positive eco-friendly brand image are just some of the benefits.

    Why Composting is a Key to Environmental Sustainability

    Composting is more than just a method for managing organic waste – it’s a key strategy in our ongoing efforts to preserve the environment. When we compost organic materials such as food scraps, leaves, and garden waste, we transform what would otherwise be landfill fodder into nutrient-rich soil that can greatly enhance plant growth and restore vitality to depleted soils.

    One of the most significant environmental benefits of composting is its ability to reduce the volume of waste that ends up in landfills. Organic waste in landfills decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen), a process that produces methane – a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential many times greater than carbon dioxide. By composting organic waste, we not only prevent the generation of methane but also reduce the overall strain on landfill sites, which are increasingly expensive and difficult to site and manage due to environmental regulations and community opposition.

    Moreover, composting supports soil health in many ways. The process creates a soil amendment rich in organic matter and beneficial microorganisms. This compost can help improve soil structure, which enhances the soil’s ability to retain water and nutrients. For agricultural uses, this means healthier crops that are more resilient to diseases and pests, reducing the need for chemical fertilisers and pesticides, which can be harmful to the environment. In gardens and urban settings, using compost can aid in plant health and reduce runoff, mitigating the risk of pollutants entering our waterways.

    Another less discussed but important aspect of composting is its role in carbon sequestration. Composting organic materials converts carbon into a stable form that is stored in the soil for longer periods. This sequestered carbon is not only removed from the atmosphere, where it would contribute to global warming, but it also enriches the soil, promoting healthier plant growth and further carbon uptake through photosynthesis, creating a positive feedback loop for the environment.

    How Wastewise Helps

    At Wastewise, we are committed to promoting sustainable waste management practices, including advanced composting techniques and encouraging local communities and businesses to adopt environmentally friendly practices. Our services are designed to guide and support sustainable waste solutions that contribute to a healthier planet.

    Our strategically located composting facilities utilise advanced technologies to efficiently and cost effectively convert over 200,000 tonnes of biowaste per annum into a range of high quality, industry certified organic compost products. With over 20 years’ experience in composting, we are continually improving our process, increasing capacity and reducing costs whilst maximising our positive impact on the environment.

    As well as composting, we also recycle and recover value from a wide range of waste streams including wood, paper, cardboard, plastics, metals, glass, mixed recyclables, street sweepings, inert and residual waste. Our innovative approach enables us to achieve an overall recycling and recovery rate of over 99%.

    If you are interested in starting your own compost bin, check out our article How To Make A Compost Bin: A Comprehensive Guide for Sustainable Gardening.

    If you are a business or local authority and would like to discuss our services, please don’t hesitate to Get In Touch.

    As the gentle warmth of spring revives the world outside, it’s the perfect time for garden enthusiasts to step out into their gardens and embrace the season of growth. At Wastewise, we believe in making the most of this season with eco-friendly practices that enhance your garden while reducing waste. Here are some essential tips for spring gardening and composting that every waste-wise gardener should know.

    Preparing Your Garden

    Spring is the time to prepare your soil for the upcoming growing season. Start by clearing your garden beds of any dead plants or weeds. These can be added to your compost pile instead of being thrown away. Loosen the soil with a fork and mix in plenty of organic matter like compost or rotted manure. This will help improve soil structure, water retention, and nutrient content.

    Choosing the Right Plants

    Opt for native plants which are adapted to your local climate and soil conditions. These plants require less water, fewer fertilisers, and minimal pest control. Planting a mix of flowers, fruits, and vegetables can help create a balanced ecosystem in your garden that supports local wildlife and promotes biodiversity.

    Implement Companion Planting

    Companion planting is a fantastic way to maximise space and enhance your garden’s productivity. Certain plant combinations can improve pollination, control pests naturally, and enhance the growth of each other. For example, planting marigolds with tomatoes can help repel pests, while beans planted next to corn can help fix nitrogen in the soil for the corn to use.

    Mulching

    Mulching is an invaluable technique used in gardening that involves covering the soil surface around plants with a protective layer of material, known as mulch. This practice serves several critical functions that benefit the garden ecosystem as a whole.

    Types of Mulch: Mulch can be organic or inorganic. Organic mulches include materials like wood chips, straw, grass clippings, and shredded leaves, which decompose over time and enrich the soil with nutrients. Inorganic mulches, such as gravel or black plastic, do not enrich the soil but are effective in preventing weed growth and retaining soil moisture.

    The benefits of mulching include:

    Weed Suppression: Mulch acts as a barrier, limiting the amount of sunlight that weeds need to grow, effectively reducing the number of weeds that sprout in the garden.

    Moisture Retention: By covering the soil, mulch reduces evaporation, helping to keep the soil moist for longer. This is particularly beneficial during dry spells, reducing the need for frequent watering.

    Soil Temperature Control: Mulch insulates the soil from temperature extremes. In the spring and summer, it keeps the soil cooler; in the winter, it can help the soil stay warmer, offering some protection to plant roots against frost.

    Soil Health Improvement: As organic mulches decompose, they add valuable organic matter to the soil, improving its structure, nutrient content, and overall fertility. This enhanced soil environment promotes healthier plant growth.

    Erosion Control: By shielding the soil from direct rain impact and runoff, mulch can prevent soil erosion, keeping nutrients in place and maintaining soil structure.

    Application Tip

    When applying mulch, ensure it is spread evenly around plants, but not piled up against stems or trunks, which can lead to rot. A layer of about 2 to 4 inches is typically sufficient, depending on the material type and the plants being mulched. It’s important to refresh organic mulches as they decompose and before they become too compacted.

    Starting a Compost Bin

    Composting is a cornerstone practice for sustainable gardening. Start your compost bin by choosing a suitable spot in your garden or backyard. Your compost should be a mix of ‘greens’ (kitchen scraps, fresh lawn clippings, etc.) and ‘browns’ (dry leaves, branches, paper). Ensure the compost is moist and turn it regularly to speed up the decomposition process. Not only will you reduce waste, but you’ll also produce nutrient-rich compost that can be used to enrich your garden soil.

    Check out our article How to make a compost bin – a comprehensive guide for sustainable gardening for more information.

    Water Management

    Efficient water use is crucial in sustainable gardening. Collect rainwater in barrels and consider setting up a drip irrigation system for water efficiency. Water your plants in the early morning or late evening to reduce evaporation and ensure deep watering to encourage root growth.

    Regular Maintenance

    Regularly check your plants for signs of disease or pest issues. Early detection can help manage problems without resorting to harsh chemicals. Natural remedies, like neem oil or insecticidal soaps, can be effective alternatives.

    By implementing these tips, you’ll not only have a flourishing garden but also contribute positively to our environment by minimising waste and conserving resources. Remember, every little bit helps when it comes to waste-wise gardening. Happy gardening this spring from all of us at Wastewise!

    Meet Andrew Turton, the newest addition to the Wastewise team as the site manager at our in-vessel composting facility in Willerby, near Hull. Andrew brings a refreshing perspective, having transitioned from managing farms to overseeing organic waste management.

    Earlier this year, Andrew left his role overseeing a 4,000-acre farm in Essex, to join Wastewise, which is located closer to his family in Yorkshire.

    For Andrew, there are significant parallels between agricultural farm management and running a composting facility, and he brings a wealth of experience, having previously managed a 40,000-acre farm in West Australia, near Perth. He finds immense satisfaction in collaborating with the local farming community in Yorkshire, advocating for the benefits of using Wastewise’s BSI PAS 100 certified compost to enhance agricultural land organically and reduce reliance on fertilisers. While the concept of natural compost for agricultural purposes is still emerging among local farmers, Andrew is optimistic about its growing awareness and anticipates significant progress in the coming decade. This vision drives his passion for his new role.

    As site manager, Andrew’s responsibilities are diverse. He oversees a team of ten, split between the in-vessel composting (IVC) and the aerobic static pile (ASP) sites. Andrew’s focus revolves around maintaining seamless operations and refining the composting process to yield top-quality output. He emphasises the importance of active management in the composting process, stating, “While composting is a natural process, there’s plenty we can do to regulate and oversee it to ensure we produce the highest quality compost. This entails closely monitoring and adjusting the temperature and moisture levels at different stages of the process.”

    Andrew also works closely with regulatory agencies, particularly the Environmental Agency, to ensure compliance with permits and regulations while striving for continuous improvement. A lot has been done over the last year to ensure Wastewise uses the best available techniques, and Andrew, along with the senior management team, will be monitoring its success over the next 12-months and identifying any new measures that can be taken to improve efficiency.

    Despite being relatively new to the role, Andrew anticipates his greatest challenge will come during the peak season, in the summer, when the volume of incoming waste increases. Currently, he’s proactively exploring efficiencies to ensure swift and effective processing and removal of materials.

    Outside of work, Andrew is an avid sports enthusiast. A former rugby player, Andrew still enjoys spectating, but now pursues slightly less physically challenging sports in the local countryside.

    His advice for anyone considering pursuing a career in organics management/composting? “It feels good to be working on a project that puts something back into the land. Over the next few years, I believe we’ll witness a significant shift towards utilising natural land enhancers. With the increasing necessity to manage organic waste more effectively, this industry is primed for substantial growth and brimming with opportunities.”

    Wastewise, part of the Urbaser group, is thrilled to announce the successful extension of its organics contract with Derby City Council. The contract, which commenced in 2021 for an initial three-year period, has now been extended to 2026.

    The organics contract entails the processing of approximately 19,000 tonnes per annum of mixed kitchen and garden waste, a key component of the council’s waste management strategy. The waste will be processed at Wastewise’s in-vessel composting (IVC) facilities in Willerby and Crewe, where over 95% of waste processed is recycled into BSI PAS 100 certified compost. This high-quality peat replacement compost is used in various sectors, including horticulture, agriculture, and landscaping.

    “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Derby City Council,” said Bob Wilkes, Managing Director at Wastewise. “This contract extension is a testament to our dedication to delivering high-quality waste management services while prioritising sustainability and environmental stewardship.”

    The contract extension is valued at approximately £1 million per year, reaffirming Wastewise’s position as a trusted provider of waste management solutions in the region.

    Bob added, “Wastewise remains committed to working closely with Derby City Council and local communities to minimise the environmental impact of waste while maximising resource recovery.”

    Sam Dennis, Strategic Director of Place at Derby City Council commented: “We are very pleased to confirm this extended contract with Wastewise which will allow us to continue to run a straightforward collection service for our residents.

    “We continue to be impressed with the level of technology deployed to achieve the high standard of composting on site. This cost-effective service will help us to increase recycling rates, including food waste, across the city.”

    For more information about Wastewise and its services, please visit www.wastewise.co.uk.

    As spring breathes new life into our gardens, what better way to kickstart the season than by creating your very own compost bin? From reducing waste to enriching soil, composting offers a myriad of benefits for sustainable gardening practices. In this guide, our team of experts have pooled their knowledge to provide you with valuable insights into the process and show you how to make a compost bin effortlessly.

    Step 1: Selecting an Ideal Location

    Selecting the ideal location for your compost bin is crucial to its success. Look for a location that receives ample sunlight but also offers some shade, as this balance will help maintain optimal conditions for composting throughout the varying temperatures of spring.

    Consider accessibility when choosing the location. You’ll want a spot that’s easily reachable for depositing kitchen scraps and garden waste, as well as for turning the compost when needed. This convenience will encourage regular maintenance, ensuring a healthy and productive compost pile.

    Most importantly, pay attention to drainage. Choose an area with good drainage to prevent waterlogging, which can impede the composting process and create unpleasant odours. A slightly sloped surface can help water drain away from the compost bin, keeping it dry and aerated.

    If you’re composting in a smaller space, such as a balcony or patio, explore vertical options like compost tumblers or stackable bins. These compact solutions can fit into tight spaces while still providing efficient composting capabilities.

    The location you choose for your compost bin will influence its effectiveness and your overall composting experience. By taking the time to select an ideal spot, you’ll set the stage for successful composting throughout the spring and beyond.

    Step 2: Gathering Your Materials

    Before diving into the construction of your compost bin, it’s essential to gather all the necessary materials.

    If you’re opting for a wooden pallet compost bin, start by sourcing sturdy wooden pallets. Look for pallets that are in good condition, free from rot or chemical treatments that could harm your compost.

    For those choosing to construct a compost bin from wire mesh, you’ll need to acquire the appropriate gauge wire mesh or fencing material. Look for mesh with small enough gaps to contain your compost while still allowing for adequate airflow. Hardware stores typically carry a variety of wire mesh options suitable for composting projects.

    In addition to the main structural materials, gather nails or zip ties to secure the components of your compost bin together. If you’re using wooden pallets, nails will be necessary for fastening them securely. Alternatively, zip ties offer a quick and easy solution for assembling a wire mesh bin.

    Consider adding optional accessories to enhance your composting experience. A lid or tarp can help regulate moisture levels and protect the compost from excessive rain or pests. You may also want to invest in a compost thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of your compost pile, ensuring optimal conditions for decomposition.

    Once you have all the necessary materials assembled, you’ll be ready to embark on the construction of your compost bin!

    Step 3: Constructing the Compost Bin

    Whether you opt for a wooden pallet bin or a wire mesh structure, the process is straightforward and rewarding.

    If using wooden pallets:

    If using wire mesh:

    Step 4: Initiating the Composting Process

    With your compost bin constructed, it’s time to kickstart the composting process.

    Start by layering your compost bin with a balanced mixture of green and brown materials. Green materials, such as kitchen scraps and fresh garden waste, provide nitrogen, while brown materials, like dried leaves and cardboard, supply carbon. Aim for a ratio of approximately two parts brown to one part green to maintain a healthy composting environment.

    As you add materials to your compost bin, ensure they are chopped or shredded into smaller pieces to facilitate decomposition. This will speed up the composting process and help create a homogeneous mixture that breaks down more efficiently.

    To promote aerobic decomposition, which relies on oxygen, periodically turn the compost pile with a pitchfork or compost turner. This aerates the pile, allowing beneficial microorganisms to thrive and accelerate decomposition. Aim to turn the compost every one to two weeks, or whenever the temperature inside the pile exceeds 140°F (60°C).

    Throughout the composting process, monitor the moisture levels of your compost pile. The ideal moisture content is like that of a wrung-out sponge: damp but not soggy. If the compost pile becomes too dry, water it lightly with a hose or watering can. Conversely, if it becomes too wet, add more dry brown materials to absorb excess moisture.

    As spring unfolds and temperatures rise, your compost pile will come to life, teeming with activity as microorganisms work their magic to break down organic matter.

    By initiating the composting process with care and attention to detail, you set the stage for a successful journey towards nutrient-rich compost that will nourish your garden for seasons to come.

    Step 5: Maintaining Your Compost Bin

    To ensure successful composting, follow these essential maintenance tips:

    Step 6: Harvesting Your Compost

    After several weeks to months, depending on various factors such as temperature and moisture levels, your compost will mature and be ready to use. When the compost appears dark, crumbly, and earthy smelling, it’s time to harvest it. Shovel out the finished compost from the bottom of the bin and utilise it to enrich your garden soil.

    In Conclusion

    Creating your own compost bin is a rewarding endeavour that promotes sustainable gardening practices and reduces waste. By following these simple steps, you can embark on a journey towards a greener, more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

    For more tips on waste management and sustainable living, visit www.wastewise.co.uk and explore our comprehensive resources.

    Wondering what to put in your compost bin to achieve optimal results? Look no further! Composting is an eco-friendly practice that transforms organic waste into nutrient-rich soil amendments, perfect for enriching your garden and reducing waste. In this guide, we’ll delve into the ins and outs of composting, helping you understand what materials to add to your compost bin . Let’s explore the key ingredients for a thriving compost pile!

    Understanding the Basics of Composting

    Before diving into what to put in your compost bin, let’s cover the basics of composting. Composting is a natural process where organic materials, such as kitchen scraps and garden waste, decompose over time, creating a nutrient-rich substance known as compost. This compost is packed with essential nutrients and beneficial microorganisms, making it an invaluable addition to garden soil.

    Key Ingredients for Your Compost Bin

    Now, let’s discuss what materials to add to your compost bin to ensure a healthy and productive compost pile:

    Green Materials:

    Green materials are rich in nitrogen and provide essential nutrients for composting. Examples include:

    Brown Materials:

    Brown materials are high in carbon and help balance the compost pile. They provide structure and aid in the decomposition process. Examples include:

    Other Compostable Items

    In addition to green and brown materials, you can add other compostable items to your compost bin, such as:

    While commercial composting facilities, such as the operation at Wastewise, have the capacity to accept a wider range of items for composting, it’s essential to exercise caution when creating a compost bin at home. To maintain a healthy composting environment and prevent potential issues, it’s advisable to refrain from adding meat, dairy, oily foods, and pet waste to your compost bin. These items have the tendency to attract pests and generate unpleasant odours, which can disrupt the composting process and detract from its effectiveness.

    Maintaining Your Compost Bin

    To ensure a successful composting process, it’s essential to maintain your compost bin properly. Here are some tips:

    In Conclusion

    By following these guidelines and knowing what to put in your compost bin, you can create nutrient-rich compost to enhance your garden soil and reduce waste. Composting is a simple yet rewarding practice that benefits both the environment and your garden. Start composting today and reap the rewards of healthy, vibrant soil for your plants!

    Wastewise has recently donated approx. 12 tons of PAS100 Compost to the Over Allotments Association, an allotment site in Winsford, Cheshire, located just 8 miles from Wastewise’s depot in Crewe. Our contribution has been warmly received by the association, underscoring Wastewise’s commitment to nurturing local communities and sustainable practices.

    The Over Allotments Association, an integral part of Winsford since 1924, has evolved from a modest plot of land to a vibrant community garden, often celebrated as Winsford’s Secret Garden. It serves as a communal space where residents can engage in growing fresh, organic produce, sharing allotment gardening tips, and fostering a deep connection with nature. Over its nearly a century-long history, it has become a hub for community engagement, hosting numerous events and welcoming hundreds of members passionate about gardening and sustainable living.

    Wastewise’s donation aligns perfectly with the association’s mission to promote organic gardening and community spirit. The PAS100 Compost, a product of rigorous composting standards, will greatly enhance the fertility of the allotment plots, enabling members to cultivate an even richer variety of produce and flowers.

    Wastewise actively supports the communities where it operates, reflecting its commitment to sustainability. By donating to Over Allotments Association, Wastewise promotes environmental care and community collaboration, aiming for a greener future through practical actions.

    The Over Allotments Association, with its rich history and dedication to community and sustainability, represents an ideal partner in this endeavour. Their ongoing efforts to provide a space for communal growth, education, and environmental stewardship are bolstered by Wastewise’s contribution, setting a shining example of how collaboration can lead to meaningful environmental and social benefits.

    For more information about Over Allotments and how to get involved, visit www.overallotments.com.

    If you operate a community garden scheme near one of our areas of operation and are looking for a donation of PAS100 Compost to enhance the fertility of your allotment plots, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    Wastewise, part of the Urbaser Group, is pleased to announce the award of a major contract with Wigan Council. The contract, set to commence early February 2024, involves the transportation and processing of mixed food and garden waste. Spanning an initial term of three years, with options for extensions for two periods of two years and one year, respectively, it is estimated the contract will facilitate the return of approximately 9,000 tonnes of compost per year back into the network, contributing to Wigan Council’s sustainability and environmental conservation efforts.

    Under this new agreement, Wastewise will be responsible for collecting and processing approximately 28,000 tonnes of organic waste each year at its state-of-the-art in-vessel composting (IVC) facility in Crewe. The award of the contract, valued at £1.2 million annually, is an endorsement of Wastewise’s commitment to excellence, customer service, competitiveness and consistency.

    Bob Wilkes, Managing Director of Wastewise, said, “Since the completion of our Crewe facility, focusing on this tender has been a key objective for us, so we are delighted to have been awarded the contract. It is a natural fit for the site, especially considering its existing role in handling much of the organic waste from the neighbouring Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

    “We very much look forward to working with the team at Wigan Council, providing them with a waste management solution that is both environmentally sustainable and offers excellent value for money.”

    The Crewe IVC facility, a cornerstone of Wastewise’s operations, has quickly become a vital centre for local authority organics waste processing in the North West since it commenced operations in 2019. It utilises the industry-leading GICOM in-vessel composting system, along with outdoor aerated static composting and screening operations. This advanced infrastructure not only meets rigorous industry standards but also provides a safe and economically viable approach to co-mingled organic waste recycling. Capable of handling up to 90,000 tonnes of food and garden waste annually, the facility exemplifies Wastewise’s proficiency in managing large-scale local authority waste management contracts.

    Paul Barton, Director for Environment at Wigan Council, said, “This contract will ensure that food and garden waste from our borough is treated in a sustainable way; composted and going back into the cycle of food production, along with other exciting uses.

    “By helping our residents to recycle as effectively as possible and ensuring that recycling is processed well here in the northwest, we are able to do our part for the planet while also achieving good value for money for our taxpayers through this competitive contract. ”

    Over 95% of the waste processed at the Crewe IVC facility is recycled into BSI PAS 100 certified compost. This high-quality peat replacement compost is then used in various sectors, including horticulture, agriculture, and landscaping. The overall environmental sustainability credentials of the facility will be further enhanced later on this spring when the adjacent 4.1MW solar array is energised, servicing 60% of the site’s energy needs.

    Last week marked a significant milestone for Wastewise as the company successfully passed the audit for transitioning from version 4 to version 5 of the Competency Management System (CMS) developed by EU Skills. This accomplishment is not just a procedural update; it represents a significant shift in how Wastewise approaches compliance and competency in the waste management industry.

    The CMS is an important framework in the waste management sector, providing a structured approach to managing and assessing the competencies of individuals and organisations in this field. The transition from CMS version 4 to version 5 is another step towards a more robust, comprehensive, and effective way of ensuring that Wastewise continues to meet the high standards required in waste management.

    Historically, compliance in the waste management industry often relied on individuals holding a WAMITAB qualification—a widely recognised certification indicating expertise in waste management. The role of WAMITAB has been crucial in setting industry standards. Individuals holding a WAMITAB qualification were often seen as a benchmark for competency in waste management. These qualifications cover a wide range of areas within waste management, including operational, supervisory, and managerial roles. They ensure that workers understand not only the practical aspects of waste management but also the regulatory and environmental implications of their work.

    However, with the transition to the CMS by organisations like Wastewise, there is a shift in how competency is measured and maintained within the industry. While WAMITAB qualifications remain important, the emphasis now also includes organisational responsibility. Under the CMS, companies are directly accountable for ensuring compliance with environmental permits and regulations, not just the individuals within the organisation.

    Wastewise’s successful audit represents our forward-thinking approach to environmental responsibility and corporate governance in waste management. As the industry continues to evolve, our commitment to staying at the forefront of compliance and competency standards helps set a benchmark for others in the sector.

    A special nod must be given to our dedicated Compliance Team, led by Stacey Allen, and the site teams that passed the inspection. Their hard work, expertise, and commitment played a crucial role in achieving this milestone.

    For those interested in learning more about the CMS and its implications for the waste management industry, a wealth of information is available on the EU Skills website.

    Wastewise is pleased to announce that Mike Ward, Transport Manager, is expanding his role within the company, embracing additional responsibilities as the Business Development Lead. This new chapter in Mike’s career at Wastewise represents a significant step in both his professional growth and the company’s evolution.

    Mike’s background is deeply rooted in the transport sector, particularly in the petroleum industry, with roles spanning from driving to transport management. His experience in the banking sector, focusing on transport, construction, and notably, the recycling sector, has provided him with a unique perspective of the industry. This experience has been instrumental in building a strong working relationship with the team at Wastewise, earning him the trust of the Directors, who he acknowledges for showing such excellent leadership and allowing him the opportunity to drive forward as Business Development Lead.

    Mike, who joined Wastewise last year, quickly recognised the importance of diversifying the company’s customer base to stay competitive in the dynamic and fast-paced sector. This insight was a driving force behind a broader, long-term strategy aimed at expanding the Transport Division, an ongoing endeavour that Wastewise continues to actively pursue.

    This growth strategy has been further supported by the appointment of Nicola Gill as the Transport Planner. Her role has been instrumental in enabling Mike to shift his attention more towards business development.

    Nicola, who became part of the Wastewise team as Transport Planner in September 2023, has a diverse background that began in a timber import company. Her journey there saw her rise through the ranks to oversee transport coordination. Her career advancement continued as she earned her CPC Transport Manager qualification, a credential that perfectly positioned her to provide valuable support to Mike and the team.

    Nicola’s responsibilities at Wastewise are essential to the smooth operation of the transport division, encompassing job bookings with customers, planning with drivers, and managing vehicle maintenance schedules. She also addresses challenges, such as managing urgent jobs at short notice when there might be limited driver availability, a key factor in enabling Mike to dedicate his efforts towards enhancing Wastewise’s business growth and development.

    This synergy between Mike and Nicola, even in the short time they have worked together, has already made a significant impact on the business. Together, they form an impressive team, poised to guide both the transport and business development sectors of Wastewise towards a trajectory of ongoing success and innovative growth.

    Wastewise delivers professional and reliable total waste management services in Hull, East Yorkshire, and North Lincolnshire. We provide a comprehensive suite of solutions, covering everything from segregation and collection to recycling and recovery. With Wastewise, you’re not just getting a service, but a partner dedicated to high service levels. To meet your specific needs, we offer a full range of skips, bins, and containers, all collected promptly and reliably at your convenience. For more information or to discuss your waste management needs, feel free to contact Mike, who’s always ready to assist.