60 seconds with Rob Andrews

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.

Next up, it’s sales manager Rob Andrews… 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 not a single stream as such, but I’d say complex wastes, that perhaps haven’t previously been top of operators’ agendas, predominantly because they’re too difficult or costly to handle. Bulky wastes such as mattresses, potentially hazardous wastes such as blood plastics, ‘headaches’ such as tyres… the list goes on, but the industry is now opening its eyes as to what’s possible with engineering advancements.

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?

We talk a lot about waste shredding and alternative fuel production, at UNTHA, but sometimes the best trials are with our four shaft RS shredders, when clients can’t believe the homogenous outputs and the affordability of this equipment.

Everyone’s least favourite trials are the smellier applications – although I’ve been in this game for that long now, that my nostrils are practically immune to it all!

3. Complete the sentence: When it comes to easy-to-shred materials, it’s crazy that the UK isn’t processing more…

organic waste for composting or AD. I think this has been overshadowed in recent times so we need to reignite the conversation.

4. What do you think is the most important environmental issue facing the UK right now?

A lack of long-term strategy. The world has – understandably – had to shift to a more short-term mindset not least because of Covid-19 and with Brexit on the horizon. But I fear this has taken the Government’s eyes, at least, off the wider environmental agenda.

5. Complete the sentence: There would be greater commitment to recycling in the UK if…

… ‘Joe Bloggs’ knew exactly what could be recycled and why it mattered.

6. Investing in a shredder is a complex decision that clients make very carefully – why do you think they choose UNTHA UK?

Because we talk very openly about the numbers and the whole life running costs of our machines. This means the business case for an UNTHA shredder very quickly stacks up. We also support customers long after the sale, which gives peace of mind that their investment will be protected and optimised, years into the future.

7. You launched a new website last year. What do you most like about it?

Video has really come to the fore. I think this better reflects users’ appetite for seeing our industrial shredders in action. We’ve lots more video plans in the pipeline too, so watch this space.

8. Which local/national business do you think deserves a shout out, when it comes to being environmentally considerate?

Whether they realise they’re doing it or not, I’m really impressed with the work of our Microsoft partner Dynamix. They’re helping us handle enquiries more effectively and better communicate with organisations we do and don’t already know. This means we’re able to get the right type of advice out to businesses, exactly when they need it, which empowers them to make smarter environmental decisions.

9. And who is your environmental ‘hero’?

I don’t particularly idolise anyone so to give hero status to a single person is tough. But I think the fact that the waste industry was granted key worker status at the start of lockdown, shows just how integral the environmental sector is to society. I think that deserves a shout out.

10. What’s your main hope for UNTHA UK over the coming year?

That we continue to prove that organisations’ environmental and commercial agendas can go hand in hand.

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