We’re now more environmentally mindful than ever. When Jack joined, he didn’t know a lot about recycling. He now oversees the team that’s helping us recycle what we can. It’s good for the planet and makes commercial sense too.
Where were you working or studying before you joined Lidl?
Before I joined Lidl, I was at a bookmakers. I went into a Lidl supermarket during my break and there was an advert for warehouse operative. It interested me, so I applied. I’ve been here almost two years.
What does your job entail?
I started training in Weston-Super-Mare and in Bridgend, before moving to Wednesbury RDC when it was built. We then helped train the new starters. There’s no such thing as a typical day, every day’s different in recycling. You don’t know what to expect and the time flies. I do the team briefs and organise the team’s jobs, I take an overview of collection and what needs collecting; whether we’ve got too many pallets; looking at the plastic skips, metal skips, general waste skips, food skips… all sorts.
How do you feel about recycling?
Before I came to Lidl, I wasn't really that interested in recycling. Now I know how recycling affects the environment, it's opened my eyes a lot. Especially when you see the impact on the sea, and the damage it's caused.
What does recycling mean to Lidl?
A lot. We’re also the only department in the warehouse that earns revenue. We’re making the company money by recycling items that would otherwise probably just get thrown away. And, we've been one of the best in the country since starting our recycling.
Is there anything you’re proud of since working here?
I feel proud every day to be honest. No matter how big the challenge is, we all we work together as a team and overcome whatever hits us.
What qualities do you think somebody needs to do what you do?
I think they need to be able to work together in a team, and on an individual basis. We help each other out. And if someone's struggling, we jump between sections to make sure the job gets done.
What’s it like to work in the warehouse?
The team is a really good bunch. Everyone has a laugh and a joke but they get on with the work. It’s a fast-paced environment and we have targets which we need to reach. Our goal is to try and clear the recycling area by the time the afternoon shift comes in every day.
What hours do you work?
6.00 am until 2.30 pm - it works perfect for me. I have a healthy life. I come to work, I go home, go to the gym and can see the missus now as I still get my evening with her. It’s normal life but suits me 100%.
Do you have plans for the future within Lidl?
Yes. I started as an operative, and now I run a shift on a day-to-day basis. And from here I would like to move forwards. I feel like the opportunity is there.
What would you say to someone thinking of working at Lidl?
I like the hands-on side of things and it's very busy, so that’s good. There's always plenty to do. There’s overtime if people want it too. Lidl also pays better than most other supermarkets do. And they paid a living wage earlier than most. I’m happy here.
Can you think of some words to describe Lidl?
Cheap. Competitive. Opportunities.