60 seconds with Tony Gillham

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 project coordinator, Tony Gillham… you’ve got exactly one minute – go!


What’s the most popular ‘waste’ stream that UNTHA is being approached to help shred at the moment?

Scrap metal and WEEE.

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

Plastics. As a waste stream that gets a lot of media attention, there is still so much more that can be done.

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

Plastic waste – it’s something that is used by everyone, from households to businesses, and as a nation we don’t seem to recycle it as effectively as we should. This is a complex issue, with everything from product design to education and local authority capabilities, playing a part.

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

…it was made more accessible.

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

I think the opening page of the website says it all; ‘It’s one thing promising to put the customer at the heart of everything you do. It’s another to deliver on that promise. We listen. We learn. We innovate. We support. We maintain. We shred.’

We recently launched a new website. What do you most like about it?

For a potential customer it’s informative and provides a multi-faceted means of drilling down to the product they need.

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

Toast Ale – they’re a company that makes beer from unsold bakery loaves and unused crusts from sandwich makers, giving 100% of the profit to charity. Recycling, charity, and beer all in the same place – you can’t top that.

And who is your environmental ‘hero’?

Anyone who makes the effort to go to the nearest bottle bank, or put rubbish in the correct wheelie bin for collection. It’s those small actions that can make such an impact.

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

To keep on innovating and continue getting better.

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