Jacqueline O’Donovan is managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal and has run the family-owned business since 1984. She is well-known for her fierce commitment to safety and training. She has helped to develop national occupational standards for the waste industry with Skills for Logistics and encourages all her staff to upskill. As a Gold member of Transport for London’s (TfL) Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) through Jacqueline’s leadership, the company works closely with Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS), the Metropolitan Police’s Exchanging Places scheme and the Cycle Taskforce to raise awareness of the dangers of accidents between trucks and other vulnerable road users.
Pioneering sustainability, Jacqueline is also recognised as one of the industry’s environmental champions and the driving force behind the numerous awards the company has received. O’Donovan recycles an average of 99% of all waste collected from its clients each month, representing its commitment to a sustainable construction industry. Her determination to innovate in every area of the business is reflected in its 120% sales increase over the last four years.
Jacqueline has also won acclaim for her efforts to increase the number of women and young people
working in the waste and construction industry
Jacqueline O’Donovan talks to Utility Fleet magazine about her company’s high standards when it comes to fleet and driver safety and why it is important to champion industry initiatives and drive forward best practice to continually improve operations...
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Our company’s vision is to be the leading independent waste operation, improving the image of the waste industry and championing initiatives for other companies to follow.
Running a safe, green and efficient operation is of utmost importance and we are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to ensure we operate above and beyond the industry standard, so that we lead by example. This is a shared vision supported by our owners, managers and employees alike.
Proving it’s not just the preserve of high profile, large organisations we have implemented a wide-ranging programme of initiatives to improve operating efficiency, reduce occupational road risk and cut our carbon footprint. These ongoing initiatives demonstrate our management team’s top-down commitment to working as sustainably and safely as possible.
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