Our people are what make UNTHA UK tick, so each month we quiz a different colleague on 10 quickfire questions that offer a little more insight into why they’re such a crucial part of the team.
First up, it’s managing director Marcus Brew… you’ve got exactly one minute – go!
1. What’s the most popular ‘waste’ stream that UNTHA is being approached to help shred at the moment?
It’s quite exciting to always have a variety of enquiries coming through – including some very weird and wonderful requests. But materials liberation from metal and WEEE shredding is definitely very popular at the moment.
2. Describe your favourite/least favourite shredder trial that you’ve watched at UNTHA UK’s HQ – which machine was in action and shredding what?
My favourite was last year, when we witnessed the XR processing 200 mattresses in an hour – it showed how efficiently this shredder makes easy work of bulky waste.
My least favourite has to be fish heads (I can still remember the smell!)
3. Complete the sentence: When it comes to easy-to-shred materials, it’s crazy that the UK isn’t processing more… (and explain why)
4. What do you think is the most important environmental issue facing the UK right now?
A focus on our ‘green’ priorities.
I am so pleased that the environment is on the radar of the masses now, but I fear perceptions have become skewed and the waste hierarchy has been forgotten. The reduction of waste at source has to be the main focus, then the reuse and subsequently recycling of materials. When there is no other option, energy recovery should then come into play and that shouldn’t be criticised as long as the hierarchical model has been followed.
5. Complete the sentence: There would be greater commitment to recycling in the UK if…
…there was more involvement, funding and direction from the Government.
6. Investing in a shredder is a complex decision that clients make very carefully – why do you think they choose UNTHA UK?
Because we don’t just sell a piece of kit – we provide a genuine solution. We’ve worked extremely hard over the last decade to provide genuine answers to clients’ problems, to ensure they get maximum value from their investment. This has seen us adopt a continuous improvement philosophy in everything we do, from the upfront knowledge and guidance we offer when we’re first approached about a project, to the shredder and after sales support we provide.
In short, we have developed a really robust process to ensure our customers buy the right equipment and continue to get the most from it.
7. You launched a new website last year. What do you most like about it?
We’ve hopefully created a space for both customers and people we don’t yet know, to visit, explore and learn. We don’t just cover UNTHA-specific info – we look at industry trends, share our views and provide an insight into what life is like in our world, as visually as we possibly can.
8. Which local/national business do you think deserves a shout out, when it comes to being environmentally considerate?
I genuinely find this a difficult question to answer. There are lots of scenarios in our own customer base but I can’t single out just one client! Elsewhere, I think there are also numerous examples where a vast amount of further work needs to be done.
I think the drinks industry are doing some great things at the moment, further up in the supply chain, designing bottles which use the same materials for the body and lid, for example, to aid recycling.
9. And who is your environmental ‘hero’?
It’s a very obvious answer but David Attenborough. He’s used his presence in an extremely positive way to get the conversation moving. His dialogue on the topic hasn’t just been a publicity stunt to get some of-the-moment exposure – he has raised some sensible, considered and well-founded points that have really captured the hearts and minds of people, even if they’d never previously given the environment much thought.
10. What’s your main hope for UNTHA UK over the coming year?
That we continue to become even more focused on our customer base. We’ve invested significantly in the core infrastructure of our business (and have even won an award for our digital overhaul!) but we’ve really only scratched the surface of what I think is possible. There’s more continuous improvement work on the cards this year – watch this space…