Name of business:
Dunmow Waste Management
Number of employees:
What is the history of the company? Who set it up, and when?
Dunmow Skip Hire was established in 1987 as a family-owned business. Managed by Steve Malins, it consisted of a single lorry and a handful of skips. In 2004 Sam (Steve’s Son) took over the day to day running of the business, and in 2009 Edward joined the business. Together, Sam and Edward have driven the business to ten times the size in six years. We have evolved into a dynamic waste management company, specialising in offering different waste management solutions to an extensive range of customers and industries.
Is there anyone in the business who deserves a special mention?
Our current team are fantastic and really care about our business. All of our employees work extremely hard and have helped us get to where we are today. I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our drivers, as they are always out on the road and we don’t get to show our appreciation much. Thank you!
What services do you offer?
A lot! We have expanded our range as demanded by our customers to include, Skip Hire, Roll On Roll Off, Grab Hire, Waste Collection, Asbestos Collection and Bulk Artic Waste Collection to name a few. We have a fully licenced Hazardous Waste Transfer Station, so we can take pretty much anything!
What areas do you cover?
We are extremely lucky to be based in the heart of Essex. We cover most of Essex, some of Hertfordshire and London too.
What are the hardest things you face as a business?
The waste industry is a tough industry. As we grow, we are constantly tested by all aspects of the business. End disposal of recyclables is proving changing at the moment, with wood for example; gate fees depend on what time of the year and how much wood is in the market.
What are the best things about working there?
We have a great ethos, we look after our staff and empower them to make decisions and, ultimately, have fun whilst working. The whole company is hands-on, with everyone willing to chip in and help when needed.
What do you like best about the skip hire industry?
This is a common answer but never a truer description: No one day is the same in the skip hire and waste industry. That’s pretty much the same for all the departments in the business.
What do you like the least about the skip hire industry?
How we are seen by the public, a lot of people still think we tip their skip at landfill. The huge investment and scale of the logistics often goes unnoticed. This dictates the cost of a skip to ensure we recycle and recover as much as possible.
What one change would you make to the industry?
A dream would be for every skip operator to strictly enforce the level loaded skip rule. This would help our drivers stay safe and legal on the roads.
What skip company – other than your own – do you admire?
Reston Waste, they run a slick operation and Andy’s famous!
What is your relationship like with the other skip hire companies in your area?
Pretty good, as we are a reprocessor of residual waste from other transfer stations – we have a relationship with most other skip companies.
Has your company developed any new parts of the business in the past few years?
We purchased Kart A Way in 2012 and moved from our Dunmow depot to a five acre site in Chelmsford. This has allowed us to develop all the aspects of our business. We purchased a huge amount of equipment that enables us to be competitive and sustainable. Our trommel fines cleaning plant has been a key part of our success and growth over the last few years.
What makes your company stand out from your competition?
- Our total dedication to customer satisfaction, our goal is to beat customers’ expectations of hiring a skip or one of our services – from the public to other waste companies.
- Our branding! You literally can’t miss us! And we’ve just rebranded…
What do you like most about Skip Hire Magazine?
It’s been great seeing the journey of Skip Hire Magazine. You guys have put a lot of hard work into making it a success and it’s paid off! It’s a fun, but extremely informative magazine. And we love Debs…