One of the many things we love about the waste industry is the variety of characters that we come across. The gorgeous 28-year-old Kayleigh from Bakers Waste Services in Leicester boasts not only beauty but also brains. With a geography degree under her belt, this chic geek takes her job very seriously and still manages to have fun. Thanks to Abbie who put her up to being Skip Chick, and let’s take it away, Kayleigh!
What do you do at Bakers Waste?
And how long have you worked there?
What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Planning the routes – I love maps! I have a degree in geography so it’s right up my street. I get the most satisfaction from a job well done… especially when it is a challenging problem and I achieve an unexpected outcome, so I’m able to make a customer happy.
Customer happiness makes life a lot easier, that’s for sure. What’s the worst?
Upsetting a customer L. I try very hard not to – sometimes it’s out of our control though.
With skips and lorries, it can be very difficult. Who is your favourite colleague, and why?
The boss… of course! And Abbie for putting me forward to be a skip chick. We have a laugh together in and out of work. She’s a good friend as well as colleague.
What type of thing do you get up to outside of work?
I love music although I can’t play any instruments. I have an Epiphone SG which has turned into a very expensive ornament! I enjoy going to gigs and concerts to see all sorts of musicians ranging from Slipknot to Michael Bublé!
There’s still time to become a guitar virtuoso! What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A holiday rep – I wanted to travel the world.
If you were an animal, what would you be? And why?
I’d be a dog – they’re loved, walked and fed….and they get to sleep and play all day!
Great choice! Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.
I play darts..! When I tell people that they are surprised, but I really enjoy it and have a laugh with the girls.
We are huge darts fans at Skip Hire Magazine. What’s your favourite film?
Pitch Perfect. I have lost count of how many times I have seen it. It’s my favourite because it covers a variety of music genres and it’s also funny.
Favourite TV programme?
Friends – it makes me laugh every time. It’s great because you can start watching an episode half way through and still enjoy it even though you know what is happening.
Deep down I will always be a rock chick (as well as a skip chick!) but this is a tough question for me. There are lots of talented musicians/singers out there that I love listening to but if I absolutely had to pick, my favourite is Michael Bublé
You sure love your music! If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
A weather girl. I would love to present the weather on the TV. I am interested in extreme weather events and love films about what would happen if global warming occurred. I am a bit of geek!
Who would your dream skip hunk be?
Channing Tatum – he is gorgeous! And a good actor too. Hehe.
I’m sure you’re not too bothered about his acting skills…If your Channing came round for tea, what would you cook?
Cook?! I wouldn’t waste my time with Channing by cooking! I’d grab a takeaway, most probably pizza.
We’re with you on that one, Kayleigh. How will becoming a skip chick change your life?
Hopefully it will change people’s perception. There are many gender stereotypes within this job title – we are not all male, in scruffs, working in the yard! J
We totally agree – there’s more to this industry than high viz vests and hairy backsides!