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Arlene Allen

Meet Arlene Allen; Commercial Director for Hazardous Waste

Posted in Services
On 27 Jul 2017
By Jas Bagri

As well as having nearly two decades of knowledge, management and experience in the industry, Arlene Allen brings a huge amount of passion and drive to the business.
We spoke to her to learn moreā€¦


How did Arlene get into the Hazardous waste sector?

As a chemistry graduate from The University of Strathclyde, Arlene’s scientific background was a great foundation for working in her chosen field.

“It’s hard to explain,” said Arlene, “but once you’re in the world of hazardous waste, it completely takes over. It becomes part of your life and you can’t even drive past a waste container without wondering if it’s been sorted and stored correctly”.

“When I started out twenty years ago, hazardous waste was just coming to the forefront. These days it’s much more in the public consciousness and generally people are more aware and better informed about what constitutes this kind of material.”


What does the future look like here at Biffa?

In her new role, Arlene will be managing a team of around twenty-five.

“I want to ensure that Biffa remains the go-to company for support, advice and the services that make dealing with hazardous material easy for our customers; for Biffa to be seen as the authority in the industry.”

Arlene is also really keen for Biffa to be at the forefront of the industry in terms of research, development and compliance.

“You can be sure that compliance is the top of our agenda and that all relevant regulations will be adhered to. But we don’t stop at compliance. Biffa offers a reliable, all-round service for all your waste needs.”


What are Arlene’s personal interests?

Arlene has been involved in Irish Dancing for forty-five years. Starting out as a dancer herself, she now runs a dance school and has even adjudicated at the Irish Dance World Championships.

When Arlene isn’t working hard at her day job or involved with her dance school, she spends her time with her friends and family, including of course, her miniature Schnauzer puppy Rufus.

“I spend quite a lot of the week travelling, so to get home and walk Rufus in the beautiful Scottish countryside with my husband is my favourite way to unwind,” she said. “When I care about something, whatever it is, then I’m committed to it. I can’t imagine ever leaving the hazardous waste sector. There’s real passion in this industry; people want to make a difference. And that’s what I’m going to keep doing.”

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!