…inside a recycling plant happened today, as I met the founder and director of Recycled UK, Paul Green. In a nutshell, the company offers a complete waste management service – collecting waste from clients, dealing with all the paperwork, recycling the plastics, cardboard and film and selling it at a fraction of the price of ‘new’ material back to UK manufacturers for re-use.
Paul talked all about the history of the company – how the idea to set up the business began from a car bumper that ‘set the cogs turning’ – and how they’ve expanded rapidly in the last 6 months, moving premises and taking on new staff.
He explained the complete recycling process from collection, through sorting, granulating and bagging to re-sale for manufacture (which all made more sense when he showed me around the factory).
What struck me most about my visit is how wasteful we really are – especially businesses that manufacture/deal with packaging. I was shocked to see pallets and pallets stacked high with packaging that was either ‘redundant stock’ or had been rejected (for whatever reason) and so couldn’t be used. Luckily, with services like that offered by Recycled UK, these ‘rejects’ can be recycled and re-processed but maybe we should be thinking of reducing the amount of material used up in the first place (or at least making better packaging in the first place!)
Anyway, all is good. It seems we do have people doing good work for recycling (and making a decent profit from it!) and its nice to see someone as passionate as Paul about what he does.
His closing words to me:
Everyone loves working here – its a man’s dream job – smashing everything up!
Must be therapeutic – bet they’re all really relaxed when they leave the factory at 5pm! I’m working on my article for Birmingham Recycled now so you’ll be able to hear all of Paul’s words of wisdom sometime in the very near future…