Waste Company Impacted by National Driver Shortage

08 October 2019 by CSG

National Shortage of HGV Drivers

The UK’s largest privately-owned waste management company says the national shortage of HGV drivers is beginning to impact its business.

CSG, which operates domestic and industrial waste collection and processing services throughout the country, has found it harder than ever to recruit professional drivers.

Neil Richards, managing director of CSG, said: “Our business depends on quality people delivering a reliable, expert service to customers, and our drivers are at the forefront of that provision.

“We have ambitious plans to expand our business through the development of new waste treatment technologies and strategic acquisitions, but that demands investment in key personnel.

“However, just as the Road Haulage Association estimates that the UK needs an additional 55,000 qualified drivers, we have experienced challenges in finding the right people to enable our business to grow as quickly as we would like.

“A CSG operative doesn’t just drive to a location, pick up a load and deliver it elsewhere. Our roles include domestic sewage collection, where customer service is paramount, or industrial and chemical waste collection, requiring a high level of health and safety training.”

The company currently has more than 15 vacancies for Class 1 and Class 2 drivers, based across its 27 operating sites nationally.

Neil Richards added: “One way we are trying to address the need for more drivers is through our own apprenticeship programme, which over the past year has brought young people into the business at several of our facilities.

“The scheme provides an intensive training programme, where individuals gain their full LGV licence, along with key skills and knowledge about drainage, waste management and health and safety. At the end of the apprenticeship divers can expect to be employed full time in an industry that provides secure, long-term careers.”

Founded in 1934, CSG’s transportation network collects hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams for recovery and recycling at its treatment centres. The company’s goal is to divert as much waste as possible from landfill.

For more information and open vacancies visit CSG’s Careers Page.