He launched it from his bed room at his dad and mom’ home and had simply £400 in his present account. Two years later, in 2021, the corporate’s turnover was £500,000.

Subsequent yr Mr Slinn expects it to hit £1m. It’s now a two-man band, after Mr Slinn’s brother, Jez, joined when he was made redundant.

The provision chain disaster, and the delays and price pressures which have include it, have pushed a surge in containers which were deserted as a result of the contents have spoilt or the unique purchaser has gone bust or dis­appeared. This was the case with a cargo of 4,500 face steamers that Mr Slinn not too long ago bought on.

In the meantime, cargo that doesn’t meet import necessities, equivalent to a container of fifty,000 defective breast implants that was left on the dock in Felixstowe for greater than a yr, has develop into more and more costly to retailer. 

For a lot of importers it could be cheaper to promote it on to the likes of Mr Slinn than pay the charges.

He can tackle virtually something, stopping the waste from going to landfill. The breast implants ended up being shredded and changed into gasoline. Spoilt meals cargo goes for ­anaerobic digestion, which produces methane to energy folks’s houses. Usually he processes 20-50 tons of meals per week.

Probably the most ugly was a 50-ton cargo of bananas in damaged refrigeration containers, which had been left for 3 weeks. “Once we opened them, there have been waves of juice,” he stated.

The price of shopping for a container ranges massively, from £1,000 to £100,000. Mr Slinn usually “buys blind”, which implies buying with out a purchaser already lined up, however he sometimes is aware of what the contents of a container will likely be. 

There’s the occasional shock: one which was labelled as family items contained a Peugeot automobile.