A day in the life of a hooklift driver at Cumbria Waste

August 19th, 2019

Mark Carr, a hooklift driver for Cumbria Waste, first found the driving bug when he started working for his Dad who had a milk round.

From there, Mark worked for Trotters Skips for 12 years before transferring to Cumbria Waste Group when we acquired the skip business in 2012.

The day begins…

Mark’s day begins between 4.30am and 5.00am where he makes his way to our Hespin Wood facility ready to receive his workload for the day.

Mark’s day is divided between the household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) or commercial customers. Mark covers areas between Penrith and Carlisle, so among the customers he services are Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest and Nestle, Dalston.

When he operates on the commercial round, one of the largest customers Mark services is the McVities factory in Carlisle. The service is very wide ranging on this site but one job Mark does is remove the biscuit waste and exchange it with an empty container. This container is one of very few that are not taken back to Hespin Wood; instead goes to a storage facility before eventually being taken away and processed in to chicken feed.

When operating on the HWRC round, his time is generally spent servicing Boustead Grassings in Carlisle. It’s a round trip of just over an hour to Hespin and back, so on a good day (when traffic is in his favour!) he manages to fit in 8 trips.

Mark says, “I have always enjoyed driving. There is lots of freedom in the job and I get to meet a lot of very friendly customers. It can get frustrating when traffic is heavy and there is work to be done but thankfully I’m quite lucky that it doesn’t happen too often. It’s a great job.”

Keeping it in the family…

Mark’s son, Adam also works at Cumbria Waste; based at our Hespin Wood site near Carlisle.