National Resource Consortium (NRC), a company co-founded by Huntingdon-based recycling firm Mick George Ltd, says it will tackle the ‘large, corporate’ waste management firms which it claims dominate the regional markets.
Its members include:
- ASL Environmental
- Associated Waste Management
- Countrystyle Recycling
- Devon Contract Waste
- Premier Waste Recycling
- Simply Waste Solutions
- Ward Recycling
- Weir Waste Services
Incorporated in November 2015, the consortium has appointed Paul Jackson as its sole director – current director of consultancy 6 two 6 Limited. Mr Jackson previously worked at Veolia until 2013, where he served as sales & development director and before that managing director of commercial services.
The consortium is concerned that it is becoming increasingly difficult for local companies to compete for waste management services tendered by national brands and chains. These large companies, “backed by major financial support, often from overseas” according to NRC, make up a large percentage of UK businesses and account for around 30% of all waste collected, much of which is contracted to larger waste firms with national coverage.
NRC will work by bidding collectively for national waste management contracts and distribute the work amongst local waste collection and recycling companies that are unable to benefit from the same geographical coverage as larger firms.
Mick George Ltd itself, which serves Peterborough, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, will operate the national contracts awarded to the NRC in these regions.
Neil Johnson, technical director of the company, said: ‘’Competition is something our business welcomes as it encourages us to improve, strive for the best and continue to innovate in order to provide a better service for our clients.’
‘’However, we’re strong advocates of supporting our local communities and building a better climate for businesses to operate alongside one another at the expense of the large corporate players who have limited recognition or acknowledgement of what really matters to local residents.”
He added: “We feel, Mick George Ltd like the other members of the NRC in the various territories are best placed to provide what’s required to the highest standards.’’
The consortium of waste businesses is the latest example of a number of past and existing organisations in the industry working together on a franchise basis.