Biffa acquires Hamilton Waste & Recycling

Biffa has announced the acquisition of Scottish construction and demolition waste company Hamilton Waste and Recycling Ltd, for an undisclosed sum. 

The deal includes 49 vehicles and 1,400 new customers

The deal, announced this morning (28 November), will see Biffa acquire the entire share capital of the company and welcome the 100 strong team into its collections business, along with 49 vehicles and 1,400 new customers including construction groups, restaurants, and local authorities.

Hamilton Waste and Recycling is a family-owned company that has been incorporated since 2002, processing over 135,000 tonnes of material annually.

Its processing and recycling business includes wood and plasterboard as well as recycling and diverting over 65,000 mattresses away from landfill every year.

Two quarry restoration sites in Edinburgh and Glasgow do not form part of the acquisition and will remain under the direct control of the Hamilton family.


Hamilton has invested more than £10 million into its sorting facility at Smeaton, near Edinburgh, where the company says it diverts over 95% of incoming waste from landfill. In 2021 Hamilton said it became Scotland’s first waste management company to achieve 100% carbon-neutral status.

Hamilton has invested more than £10 million into its sorting facility at Smeaton

It has a contract with  Highland council to process recyclables and acquired Summerside Skips in 2022.

Biffa explained that the acquisition of Hamilton is a “significant step” for the company, expanding its waste capabilities in the construction and demolition sector and “further underpinning its commitment to low-carbon collections and material processing”.

‘New chapter’

Robin Stevenson, managing director of Hamilton Waste, said: “We are delighted to have completed the sale of the business and I look forward to working with Biffa as HWR starts this exciting new chapter.

“Our customers will continue to be serviced under the HWR brand, by the same team who are committed to providing the most sustainable service possible, while also being able to draw on Biffa’s extensive pool of resources and expertise.”


Maxine Mayhew, Biffa’s chief operating officer, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Hamilton team and customers to the Biffa Group.

“Biffa is the largest collector of waste and recycling in the UK and the addition of HWR’s award-winning capability in the construction and demolition sector will further strengthen our services in this important market.

“HWR’s sustainability credentials are impressive, and we look forward to working together to leverage Biffa’s unique position at the heart of the circular economy, enabling more customers to meet their carbon reduction commitments.”


Biffa already operates C&D processing facilities in Newcastle, Birmingham and Cardiff. The addition of Hamilton to the Biffa Group will enhance its services for customers across central Scotland, while enabling it to “replicate Hamilton’s best-in-class C&D processing knowledge across the rest of the UK.”

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