Staff profile: Cozma Aurel
As one of our dustcart drivers, Cozma is responsible for ensuring commercial, construction and household waste is collected and reprocessed accordingly across the GBN network.
Originally from Romania, Cozma moved to the UK in 2004 to explore new career opportunities, where he was hired as a dustcart driver for Hunts West Recycling in Dagenham, Essex.
Following a four-year stint at the company, Cozma was employed at GBN’s Southgate branch in 2012, due to his strong track record of operating larger vehicles and knowledge on the road.
Explaining what he enjoys most about his job, he said: “I love how diverse and friendly the organisation is. It’s great speaking and working with people from all different backgrounds and walks of life.”
Cozma has also worked with GBN’s skip-lorries and now drives a 32 tonne dustcart, as he makes his daily rounds in and around the nation’s busy capital.
“In this job, you have to make sure you’re punctual with all collections,” Cozma notes. “I always ensure waste is returned to the nearest GBN depot on my daily routes, which helps save time whilst making sure it is handled and disposed of properly.”
During his six years with us, Cozma has built up a strong rapport with both clients and colleagues and is a well-respected member of the team.
He is now based at our newly-acquired depot in Edmonton, which is home to new plant and machinery including two state-of-the-art processing lines, that will enable GBN to recover more recyclable materials and continue its pledge of diverting waste from landfill.
Going into the colder months, Cozma is looking forward to taking out his new dustcart for its first rounds. “I love driving dustcarts, it’s my passion!” he laughed. “I’m very excited to put this new vehicle to good use.”
With his positive attitude and great work ethic, GBN is certain Cozma will continue to prove a valuable asset to the team. Keep up the good work!
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