3 October 2018 by Steve Eminton

News in brief (03/10/2018)

With news on: Circle Waste brokerage service; Sand message at Sheehan’s; Hamilton’s to invest in electric collection vehicles; and LAS opts for Purgo.

Circle Waste to launch brokerage service

Circle Waste has announced that it is ready to launch a UK wide waste brokerage service on 8 October, following “significant investment in systems, marketing campaigns, and most importantly, people”.

Circle Waste is owned by Chris Dear, Mark Garwood and Jules Gaylor. Majority shareholders Mr Dear and Mr Garwood note that they have extensive experience in the waste sector, and built a waste brokerage service which grew to a circa £25 million turnover, before being sold three years ago.

Mr Garwood commented: “We feel we are back where we belong in the waste and recycling sector, where we have expertise and a wealth of experience. We aim to build a brokerage service second to none, we have recruited staff who are fully committed to delivering our most important core value ‘world class customer service’.

He added: “We recruited Jules Gaylor at the beginning of the year, and Jules has extensive experience in the waste sector, holding main board roles for a number of the industry’s leading players. He is hugely respected in the waste and recycling sector, particularly with his knowledge of collection and containers. He is managing director across the companies in our Group, as we look to tie in synergies with our other businesses.”

LAS sees efficiency gains with PurGo

A new software system at Welsh waste collection, recycling and disposal business LAS Recycling Ltd has improved the efficiency of collections, enhanced customer service and supported the company’s expansion, LAS said this week.


LAS has installed the PurGo management system

Tina Morris, financial director, LAS Recycling, said the new system, PurGo from VWS Software solutions, is “user friendly and does so much more than our old system, which was very long-winded. We have a lot of new business coming on-board and we need software that can keep up. This new system can produce reports, plan and track collections, and produce invoices automatically. It also has lots of additional features that mean we can provide a better service to our customers.”

PurGo uses in-cab PDAs, equipped with SatNav and GPS tracking, to replace traditional administrative processes and paperwork. LAS Recycling’s RCVs are also equipped with the Enviroweigh bin-weighing system from Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS), which integrates with the software.

Tina comments: “As soon as a bin is weighed our customers receive an automatic notification telling them precisely what it weighs. It has highlighted those customers who need further attention and opened doors for other services such as our weekly food and glass collections, which are growing fast.”

Sand demand highlights need for construction waste recycling

More than 100 delegates of the Circular Economy Symposium have visited the Oxford-based Sheehan Group’s waste washing plant to witness the circular economy business model in action.


Delegates at Sheehan’s heard of the benefits of recycling construction waste

Visitors from countries including India, America, Norway, France and Ireland were in attendance. The Circular Economy symposium saw the construction and recycling industry gather and explore topics including legislation, opportunities for recovered materials, urban construction challenges, barriers to re-use and advanced recycling models.

Delegates heard that the construction industry is facing a growing global sand crisis and that sand as a natural resource is reducing and the Circular Economy Symposium was told it has led to organised gangs stealing sand from public beaches in developing nations. Industry leaders said it highlighted the importance of recycling construction waste and the circular economy.

Tara Sheehan, finance director of the Sheehan Group, said: “We were proud to show so many respected colleagues from the global recycling industry around the plant and demonstrate what is being achieved in the sector in the UK.”

Chris Sheehan, managing director of the group added: “We installed the CDE recycling plant five years ago and it has enabled us to take greater control of our business and integrate our recycled products into construction products.”

Hamilton invests in electric fleet for Edinburgh

Edinburgh-based Hamilton Waste and Recycling has announced plans for a new low-impact waste service for the city.

Hamilton’s have announced plans for electric waste collection vehicles

The company said the service is in line with the capital’s transformation project and the ideas laid out in the council’s ‘connecting our city, transforming our places’ prospectus, which is currently in consultation.

The new service will see Hamilton invest in a fleet of the latest electric waste collection vehicles, to help cut emissions and improve air quality in the city centre. These collections will be further improved with the use of the latest route planning software and ‘on-demand’ services, minimising the number of vehicle movements required, the company said.

And, in order to overcome the potential pressure on waste capacity that may result from further limitations on waste collection activity, the company is to develop a new waste transfer facility on the edge of the of the controlled zone. This will allow material to be bulked up and then taken to Hamilton’s facility in Musselburgh for sorting for recycling or for use as RDF.

Commenting on the plans, Hamilton’s managing director, Robin Stevenson, said: “As an Edinburgh-based business, we share Edinburgh City Council’s aspiration to create a better environment for people to both live and work. We also firmly believe that this ambition should not impact on our ability to recycle effectively and develop a sustainable city that will remain at the forefront of developing a more circular Scottish economy.”


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