Waste Management News

Agency staff get training at Swansea City

February 2013

Just last week we spent a number of days training 60+ agency staff currently engaged at Swansea City waste operations. The operatives were engaged on a range of operations within the waste management department and used vehicles ranging in size from 26t refuse freighters down to 3.5t litter collection vehicles. Reversing Assistant training was given to ensure that, regardless of their specific role, operatives could carryout vehicle manoeuvring in accordance with industry best practice.

The following is a selection of the comments made by those attending the training:

  • Very helpful and informative
  • I found the course hit home to the real danger we face
  • A real eye opener to what happens if we don’t use assistance
  • Glad this training was given
  • Very moving and educational, made me think more about safety
  • This course opens your eyes to what could happen
  • Very helpful, explained well

All comments made by delegates are optional and anonymous. Delegates are instructed NOT to put their names on feedback forms. We want to know what they’ve got to say, NOT who said what!!!




January 2013

Welsh Authorities with Training Fly Through HSE Inspections;

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is halfway through an inspection into waste management practices across all 407 local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland, and so far almost one fifth have been found lacking.

It is encouraging then to report that as a training provider, at AJF Waste Management we are recording record levels of staff training by local authorities. Read More.......

CIWM Newsletter 31............


Franchised Training expands in Wales

January 2013

Following our comprehensive training programme at Monmouthshire CC the authority has taken the decision to continue this good practice by training its own employees.

In collaboration with AJF Waste Management the authority will deliver industry accredited training, using our Train-the-Traininer option, to all its new starters and long term employees alike.

As a result of this development other authorities in Wales are currently considering using our accredited training programmes. This follows the example set by both Monmouthshire CC and Blaenau Gwent CBC both of which use our franchised option when delivering training to their frontline waste and recycling employees.


Training for Safety

December 2012

Read our opinion piece on Letsrecycle.com


Andy Firman, managing director of AJF Waste Management discusses how a thorough staff training programme can improve health and safety.

To say that I was disappointed at the recent revelation on HSE accident reporting in the waste industry is a severe understatement Read More.....



Attendance at APSE Environmental Services Seminar 2012

November 2012

altThis week, November 7th & 8th, we have attended theAPSE seminar with our exhibition stand. This was our first time at an APSE event and we were very pleased with the enquiries we received throughout the two days of the seminar. We will definitely be attending APSE conferences again.







Training courses exceed 3000 delegate attendances

October 2012

We are very pleased to have reached this significant milestone in our business. In recent weeks our training course delegate attendances have exceeded 3000 in number and continue to steadily rise.

This performance only go’s to prove that the waste industry is waking-up to the fact that employees need training to improve service delivery and avoid accidents.


Monmouthshire CC updated training

September 2012

This month sees the start of a comprehensive training programme for Monmouthshire County Council.

All frontline waste and recycling operatives at the council were trained in Safe Working Practices-street collections, Reversing Assistant and Manual Handling by AJF Waste Management in 2009.

In order that all operatives remain aware of current safe working practices the council has asked that we implement a programme of training over the next 2-3 months. The programme has been agreed and will commence early in September.


Customer Care is Important to our clients

August 2012

Conwy County Borough Council requested our help in designing and delivering a CUSTOMER CARE training course for their frontline waste and recycling operatives. Following full agreement with our client the training was delivered throughout August and September.

Feedback from attending delegates was encouraging;

  • Very good course
  • Today’s course was very helpful
  • I found the course informative, interesting and I learned a lot
  • Very good and insightful
  • Great subject knowledge, should do this annually as a reminder
  • A very good and interesting course, thank you
  • Course was very well presented
  • Very good, enjoyed it!!!

All comments made by delegates are optional and anonymous. Delegates are instructed NOT to put their names on feedback forms. We want to know what they’ve got to say, NOT who said what!!!


Interim Management on the Isle of Wight

July 2012

We are very pleased to be providing Interim Management of the Hazardous Waste transfer station at St Marys Hospital on the Isle of Wight. As a result of the Technically Competent Manager (TCM) taking an early retirement package the hospitals staffing structure is experiencing a temporary shortfall. We at AJF Waste Management are pleased to be bridging this shortfall with a TCM with 4TSH qualification.


New Starters Get Accredited Induction Training

June 2012

Training course “Safe Working Practices-street collections (INDUCTION)” continues to be very popular with our clients who want to ensure that new employees are given the best possible start to their waste industry careers.

Feedback from delegates attending this course is encouragingly positive;

  • Gave me new work knowledge to use in future
  • Very satisfied with this course and think every aspect was covered well
  • Very helpful and well worth doing
  • Good training made me very aware of the what dangers are out there
  • Great!!!!!!!!!

All comments made by delegates are optional and anonymous. Delegates are requested NOT to put their names on feedback forms. We want to know what they’ve got to say, NOT who said what!!!


Training Feedback

May 2012

Our training courses continue to grow in popularity with more and more repeat contracts coming through and equally pleasingly, new clients, continually being added to our ever growing customer base.

In recent weeks training courses have been provided for;

  • Wrexham County Borough Council
  • Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council
  • City and County of Swansea Council
  • Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • Grays Waste Management

We are always pleased when we get positive feedback from the candidates that attend our training. Being able to connect with our audience is very important to us.

The following is a summary of feedback from candidates on recent courses;

  • The course was very enlightening and packed with worthwhile information – Excellent!!!!!!
  • The trainer was very good with how we work in the service and very helpful
  • Very clear information
  • Very relaxed and helpful
  • Gave a good insight into the reality of dangers in the job
  • Training worthwhile undertaking and enjoyable
  • Very good, I enjoyed it. Thank you.
  • Very good has opened my eyes a lot. Thank you. 


March 2012

Featured in Recycling & Waste World - March 2012

AJF Waste Management: Offering clients better training for a greener future.........


Government Business - Facilities Management

March 2012

You can read our company profile on http://www.governmentbusiness.co.uk/company-focus/22

AJF Waste Management provides a range of services for waste industry operators. Our services include operative training and certification through to interim management. The most popular is our flexible training programme which has been specifically designed to accommodate all aspects of waste management. Our accredited courses are delivered on your site at a time that suits you. Read More........

Waste Management Operations “Continuing Competence”

March 2012

I’m very pleased to report that my Continuing Competence certificate has arrived in today’s post.

As a company we can continue to provide interim management services for the following

  • Managing Landfill Non-Hazardous Waste (4LNH)
  • Managing Transfer Hazardous Waste (4TSH)
  • Managing Treatment Hazardous Waste (4TMH)

Cheshire East trainers deliver In-House training

February 2012

Training at Cheshire East council is progressing to ensure all employees have industry accredited training. The local authority was keen to ensure that training continuity is maintained across their waste and recycling workforce after AJF Waste Management completed the initial training in 2011.

The authority adopted our Franchised Training programme (Train-The-Trainer) and supervisors Rachael and Kevin were trained to deliver the training In-House.

Training courses "Safe Working Practices street collections" “Reversing Assistant” and “Safe Working Practices street collections – INDUCTION” were adopted to cover personnel with varying levels of experience.

Feedback from delegates on the courses, delivered to date, has been positive and both Rachael and Kevin have proved to be competent trainers.


Bespoke training courses

January 2012

reversing assistant leafletWith ever increasing budget pressures our clients are litter picking leaflet
requesting employee training courses that they can deliver in-house.
We have the pedigree for designing training courses that meet industry accreditation standard.
Our courses are tried, tested and popular with both clients and their employees.



HSE call for proper training and supervision

January 2012

In the latest waste and recycling ebulletin, issued by the HSE, they call for proper training and supervision.
"We want to encourage employers to take this opportunity to review control measures, procedures and systems of work to ensure they remain effective and employees are properly trained and supervised" Read the full bulletin......

Wrexham County Council confirm training requirement

January 2012

We are delighted to receive confirmation from Wrexham County Borough Council for our training services. We will start training for their frontline waste and recycling operatives in early February and conclude the programme during March of this year. Training will consist of Safe Working Practices-street collections and Reversing Assistant.

Success in HSE inspections

January 2012

We are very pleased to report that many of our clients have received positive reports from recent HSE inspections. Our training courses Reversing Assistant and Safe Working Practices- street collections have been used to up-skill our client’s workforce which has helped to contribute towards the positive outcome from a recent round of inspections.

Where observations have been made, in some cases this is the development of an in-house trainer, we will be working with our clients in order that they continue the good work already achieved.

Our Train–The-Trainer programme will meet the requirement of the observations.


Waste Management Training Programme

January 2012

Our training programme encompasses a blend of Classroom based presentations, Group exercises, Video presentations, Practical application and Written assessment.

Using our Train-The-Trainer programme provides an opportunity for your own in-house trainer to take corrective action, on the street, if performance needs adjustment or improvement. Tool box talks can be both informative and practical.

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