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Materials Recycling Facility

A day in the life of A Material Recycling Facility worker

Posted in Services
On 18 Jul 2017
By Jas Bagri

Jason Palmer has been a valued member of the Biffa team for 5 years at our Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Edmonton, London.
MRFs are specialised plants that recover recyclables from general waste, and separate and prepare the materials for sale to manufacturers.
We interviewed Jason to find out what it’s like to work at the MRF and what he loves best about his job.

So Jason, tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jason Palmer I work at Edmonton Material Recycling Facility as a Logistics Co-Ordinator. I have been working with Biffa for over 5 years now. I was firstly attracted to the company because I was aware of Biffa’s reputation and standing within the industry and thought it would be a good company to work for. When I joined I didn’t know what a Material Recycling Facility was but soon learned as part of my role.

Can you tell us what being a Logistics Co-Ordinator at the MRF involves?

A large part of my role involves liaising with hauliers to organise the booking of incoming & outgoing loads. I report in to and help support the Logistic Manager. My job involves meeting the legal requirements with regards to shipments of material, transfer note etc. When called upon I will give practical help to my logistics colleagues in the weighbridge or as a banksman.

What does a typical day in a MRF centre look like?

As a logistic team we carry out a staff briefing and plan our activities at the beginning of the day. This is then followed by a site meeting that happens every morning with all departments. We discuss the previous day’s performance, issues and the planned work for the coming day. I then move on to inputting all the references for the outgoing loads for that day and liaise with hauliers and weighbridge operatives to ensure our targets, time slots and payloads are being met.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

The people, liaising with the customers and working with all of the teams.

How many employees currently work at the Edmonton Material Recycling Facility?

We employ in the region of 400 people but we operate a 4 shift system so we will have about 140 people on site at any one time.

How many tonnes of waste comes through your MRF per day?

We have around 1000 tonnes per day or 5000 tonnes per week that comes in to be processed through the MRF.

What materials can be recycled at your site?

The MRF’s function is to separate all the product streams from the mixed material we receive, which is then sent on to other facilities to be reprocessed. The materials we separate are: paper, glass, steel cans, aluminium, cardboard and 6 different types of plastic.

Do you heavily rely on technology to help with your day to day work?

The plant is reliant on technology such as optical sorters but on a day to day basis I reply mainly on my computer and phone as well as our operating systems.

What are your biggest challenges?

Our biggest challenge is that we continually receive loads which need to be completed by the end of the day. Any disruption to the flow of materials through the site can have a huge impact for both our customers and our site operations.

What do you like most about working for Biffa?

Job prospects, job security and feeling like part of a team that are trying to achieve the same goal.

What is your proudest moment whilst working at Edmonton MRF Recycling Centre?

Working with Biffa has given me lots of opportunities to be recognised for my hard work. I am proud to say I have been promoted.

Thank you so much for your time Jason and for sharing your experiences of being a Biffa MRF Logistics Co-Ordinator with us. View our materials recovery facility locations online and contact us today if you need any further assistance.

About the author

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Jas Bagri

Jas is part of Biffa’s digital team, writing a diverse range of content on a number on industry topics. Jas’s favourite subject to write about is recycling, so look out for her handy tips coming your way!