Matthew Slaughter MCIWM has been the chair of the London and Southern Counties Centre New Member Network (NMN) since April 2015. His role involves organising site visits, career and networking events and encouraging new members to join the CIWM. He is passionate about helping new members gain their chartered status by introducing them to the breadth and depth of the wider waste industry.
With more than seven years’ experience in the waste management sector, he is now an Environmental Manager for O’Keefe Construction dealing with their environmental and waste issues. Previous jobs included working for Grundon Waste Management on their hazardous waste transfer station and looking after waste acceptance at inert landfills for Cemex UK.
Matthew is passionate about the environment through his career and at home. Although not a registered environmental professional as yet, he is keen to showcase his work with our registrants and the wider audience in the lead up to World Environment Day.
Matthews says, “The next 12 months will be very challenging but the plan is to push O’Keefe Construction into a new realm of environmental understanding.
Having been employed last year as their first Environmental Manager, I have had a blank slate to implement my views into the companies.
Go Green Ltd have been brought in to remove the companies waste from our construction, demolition and head office sites. The contracts were signed a mere two months ago so this was a major step in the right direction. We now have the ability to track our waste, reduce our waste and divert waste from landfill.”
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Matthew continues, “Another key idea, which is coming to play is tracking the companies carbon emissions. This idea has been slowly being incorporated into the company’s procedures with the intention of capturing data which will enable us to set KPI’s and reduce our carbon emissions.
We also plan to continue our internal environmental audits across all sites to ensure everyone within O’Keefe fully understands the company’s environmental obligations.”
To add to his experience and current registration, Matthew is currently looking to become a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv). He explains, “It is a recognised professional registration which would show my environmental commitment both within my working environment and through my CIWM work. The CEnv status will help me focus my knowledge, which I can then use to expand the ideology throughout my company and in everyday life. I think it is important to understand that a professional institution should not be just incorporated into just a working environment, but should be embraced into one’s lifestyle.”
Interviewer for the CEnv status with CIWM, Neil Tytler FCIWM CEnv, says “I am delighted to hear of progression within companies in relation to becoming more environmentally aware, via registered environmental professionals and wider professionals alike.”
Neil adds, “I have known and worked with Matthew for many years. The work he is doing to improve processes for the good of the environment, and the company itself, is an ideal example of how environmental roles can make such a positive impact. I am excited that I now hear more and more examples of such work – we are certainly moving in the right direction!”
The Society for the Environment invites not only registered environmental professionals to join them at the World Environment Day Conference, but also volunteers, interested parties, aspiring environmental professionals and more. The expert led conference takes place on the 5th June 2017 at One Birdcage Walk, London. For more information, please click here.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society for the Environment.