Waste Management Specialist Is Raising Standards across Industry; Ex-Council Boss Sets Up Consultancies

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Waste Management Specialist Is Raising Standards across Industry; Ex-Council Boss Sets Up Consultancies


Byline: Sin Barry

A MANAGER who played a key role in transforming Cardiff's multi-million-pound refuse collection and recycling service is now using his expertise to help raise standards and performance in the industry.

Andy Firman, former sustainable waste operations manager for Cardiff County Council, has set up two specialist consultancies to provide strategic support, training and recruitment.

After 30 years' experience in the industry, Mr Firman founded AJF Waste Management to provide advice, assessment, training, development and interim management.

AJF's sister company, Dynamic Resource Network, has now been launched by Mr Firman to provide a constant supply of pre-trained operatives to local authorities and private waste management businesses to help them reduce accidents and improve efficiency. Councils and companies regularly take on permanent and temporary refuse workers but the waste management service has the worst safety record in British industry.

HSE statistics show the industry has more than 10 times the number of fatal incidents and four times the number of accidents compared with the national average, with 40% of injuries being suffered by employees who have been in the job for less than a year.

DRN, based with AJF at Navigation Park, Abercynon, has been established with advice from FXW Commercial Finance Ltd, the fast-growing South Wales consultancy which assists start-up and expanding companies. The company has also received help from business support group Venture Wales.

Ex-Royal Marine Mr Firman, who spent time "on the bins", was previously refuse contracts manager with Powys County Council for five years, improving the service to householders while cutting costs and reducing landfill. …

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