When Writtle College contacted Dunmow Group recently to ask if they could arrange a field trip for several of their horticultural and landscape students to our waste and recycling centre in Chelmsford, we were more than happy to oblige.
Braving what was rather wet and wintry weather, the eight students studying Agricultural Engineering, along with their tutor Ben Wincott, visited us spending time with Director, Paul Lynch, and Site Manager, John Lonergan, learning how a responsible waste management company works on a day-to-day basis.
With the students planning a career in horticulture and landscaping, Paul explained in some detail the complexities of the waste and recycling industry and more importantly, what legislation, types of waste and environmental issues are likely to be relevant to them in the future. This included why they need a waste carriers licence, how green waste is recycled and tracking waste from collection to end-of-life.
With health and safety at the forefront of any waste and recycling environment, John Lonergan ran through our site safety procedures with the students, as well as providing them with all the necessary PPE. Heading safely off on their site tour, Paul Lynch introduced them to the key waste streams involved, the methods of segregation and processing, as well as providing an overview of how we receive, classify and recycle all types of waste.
With the students focussing hard, Paul talked them through all key areas of our transfer station including how the banksman controls all vehicles in and out of the centre, the grading of all our wood waste, how skips are loaded and how our operatives’ sort through more than 10 tonnes of waste each per day.
Heading back to the office at the end of the tour, Paul and John received an appreciative thumbs-up and a thank you from all the students.
Ben Wincott, the students’ course tutor, said: "The team at Dunmow Group have gone to every effort to support the students at Writtle University College to gain knowledge in the sustainable management of waste, legislation and the way the industry operates. Their support through giving us a tour of the facilities, behind the scenes knowledge and continued access to their involvement with the students and university has and will continue to benefit and educate our learners for the future.
“The environment is a hot topic, essential and with thanks to the Dunmow Group team, our students are better equipped to understand how to be sustainable and cost-effective in their contribution to waste production and the financial and environmental impact it will have if they do not take it on board. Thank you, team, for all your support."
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