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Web service aims to modernise ‘archaic’ sector

The creator of a new trade waste switching website has said he aims to help the “archaic” industry catch up with other sectors such as energy and communications.

Former founder of trade waste firm Stockport Waste Management (SWM) Carl Bennett (pictured) set up WasteQuoteSupermarket.com in September after selling SWM to Hertfordshire firm PHS.

He set up the new company with Alan Tattersall, former chief executive of price comparison site uSwitch, who leads the firm’s digital and marketing strategy.

Bennett got the inspiration for his new business from his time running SWM, where he said it was difficult to get new business without “employing lots of expensive sales staff”.

A “significant number” of trade waste service providers have already signed up to the site and Bennett claims “a lot of” customers have switched their waste contracts over using the service.

Client businesses tell the website what services they require by filling in a form or through a live chat. The site then shows its best value option to the customers and ask whether they would like to switch.

Bennett said: “The waste sector is quite archaic and every other sector has caught up and it takes a bit longer to come round to new ideas.

“We are the first people that are offering this service but because I have specific knowledge and have been a waste management provider myself, I am able to link the two together.

“I think it is because I have the industry expertise to know what waste service providers want and link it together and I think that is why service providers like the idea.”

WasteQuoteSupermarket.com makes its revenue by charging a fee from the waste service providers that sign up to it.

It is trying to promote itself through media channels as well as search engine optimisation and hopes to expand through affiliate markets and by further automating the service it offers.

Another online service that launched this year called SkipScanner, a skip hire-focused price comparison app, similar in operation to the Uber taxi scheme.

A group of independent local recycling companies has also launched the National Resource Consortium, which aims to help smaller firms challenge national waste management operators.

Bennett said his business focuses on longer term contracts than SkipScanner but he was happy to work alongside both firms.

The company is looking to work with commercial waste service firms that recycle materials including dry mixed, glass bottle, food, construction, bulky waste and WEEE. Other areas include:

  • shredding
  • front/rear end loaders
  • clinical waste
  • hazardous waste
  • washroom services

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