Our People: Stuart Cater

Posted on: 21 Jun 2018

Stuart Cater has been at the McGrath Group for two and a half years holding the role of Weighbridge and Document Controller.

Had you previously worked in waste?

My first experience in the waste and recycling sector was at Veolia operating the weighbridge, where over my time there I successfully attained an NVQ in Weighbridge Operations. I was working on the nightshift so I gained great experience balancing my time managing the end of day items, as well as checking the day’s work to correlate all of the data such as tonnage allowances, waste and material streams.

What actually is a weighbridge?

The weighbridge is a large set of scales that is used to weigh entire lorries and their contents. By weighing the vehicle both empty and when loaded, the waste load carried by the vehicle can then be calculated.

Tell us more about your work at McGrath?

In the weighbridge I interact with our own drivers, regular customers and any of the general public that make enquiries regarding tipping or collections. Those tipping or collecting waste/materials are weighed before and after to gain the net tonnage, where a ticket is produced, signed by both parties and processed. It is important to ensure all the relevant information has been captured onto the system ready to be charged, so communication between the weighbridge and the yard staff is extremely important.

As a document controller, I go over all previous work ensuring that everything is in order, liaising with colleagues and account customers for confirmations, order numbers and any extra details needed. It can be intensely busy at times, ensuring all figures are correct and making sure that all the correct processes are followed.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

The best part of the day is getting the all clear regarding the statistics and then knowing we can issue all reporting systems and invoices as efficiently as possible for our customers.

And outside of work, what do you enjoy doing?

In my down time, I usually spend it with family and friends having a decent cooked meal or going to social gatherings to watch football, boxing, horseracing or music events. I also like to relax with new movies and TV series’ or by burying myself away in a book or two.

I like to read autobiographies and factual books especially, although the odd story will make it through every now and then. Reading not only helps to keep my mind fresh but also allows me to get some quiet time away from family and friends, for no one disturbs a reader!