Richard Davis – Food Waste Driver, Newport

Posted: 11th of January 2017 by Martha Witcomb

What key tasks do you so?

A day in the life of an olleco driver consists of an early start, time varies depending on different routes and customers. Key tasks of the job involve vehicle maintenance and checks, the collection and tipping of food waste safely and efficiently ensuring accurate paperwork and weekly digital downloads are completed.

What does an average day entail? 

An average day entails driving a 16 tonne DAF lorry to jobs planned out on a given route. Driving safely and using my experience I arrive on site complying with customer site rules representing the company with a polite friendly manner. I then service the correct number of bins which should be the legal weight limit for my lorry’s bin lift. I deal with any issues from overweight, excess waste, difficult parking and bin location from the lorry. Once site service is complete, I fill in sufficient paperwork and obtain the customers signature on a handheld.

Why did you want to be a driver? 

I wanted a profession as a driver because I don't like being stuck in one place, I enjoy being on the road and visiting different locations on a daily basis.

Why did you choose Olleco? 

When I joined Olleco I saw how fast the food waste business was growing and felt I could contribute with my experience within an established company.

What skills do you need to be a successful driver for Olleco? 

The best thing about my job is knowing I am a part of a company willing to give employees opportunity to better themselves.

What are the worst things about the job? The worst thing about my job is (obviously involving food!) the smell

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