News in brief (04/03/2022)

With news on: FCC Group’s profits in 2021; Mick Balch to help Ukrainian refugees; Hamilton Waste & Recycling expands; Vehicle wrapping company certified; BMRA supports ClimateForce Expedition Antarctica; Vertas Environmental unveils new food waste recycling service

FCC Group doubles net profits in 2021

Spanish FCC Group says it more than doubled net profits to €580million (£481million) in 2021.

In the UK, The FCC Group runs waste and recycling services and energy from waste plants under the FCC Environment name. Operating in 30 countries, the company says 12.8% of its revenue came from the UK.

The company’s annual accounts highlight the Group’s increased consolidated revenues at €6.7 billion (£5.5 million), 8.1% higher than in 2020.This is due, FCC says, to the “positive performance of most of the business activities”. Its environment division grew by 12.4%.

Environmental services and end-to-end water cycle management areas accounted for 74% of the Group’s GOP, it says, while the remaining 26% came from activities linked to the construction and management of infrastructure, the production of associated materials, and the real estate business.

Hamilton Waste & Recycling expands into Glasgow

Hamilton Waste & Recycling Limited has announced expansion of its operations into Glasgow and confirmed the acquisition of Edinburgh-based Summerside Skips.

Initially the company will operate a fleet of skip and roll-on-off vehicles to support Glasgow’s construction sector. A trade waste service will also be introduced to meet the needs of Glasgow’s commercial and industrial markets. The move will allow Hamilton to roll out services to existing customers who work or have sites in the region.

Hamilton Waste and Recycling Ltd is to expand into Glasgow

The Glasgow site will have facilities for segregation and consolidation of waste in the western central belt of Scotland. Waste that requires further processing will be taken to its facility near Edinburgh.

Separately the company has announced the acquisition of Edinburgh based Summerside Skips Limited.

Vehicle wrapping company becomes certified

Vehicle wrapping and graphics company, Creative Vehicle Wrapping (CVW) has become a certified Specialist Installer for Avery Dennison graphics solutions.

Avery Dennison sets the industry standard in vinyl graphic design and automotive wrap graphics worldwide. As a certified Specialist Installer, CVW joins a network of graphics service providers.
The CVW team provide a one-stop shop for design consultancy, installation, and aftercare. The company has its own fully equipped installation unit and said it has created “impactful ‘wrap’ campaigns on refuse vehicles and specialist commercial vehicles”.

Jonathan Tomas, Director, CVW: “Avery Dennison is widely recognised and respected as the industry leader in vinyl graphics solutions, and we are really pleased to join this exclusive network, demonstrating the highest levels of talent and service. We couldn’t be prouder of our team and how well they performed.”

BMRA supports the 2041 ClimateForce Expedition Antarctica 2022

The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) announced its support of the 2041 ClimateForce Antarctica Expedition 2022.

The aim is for participants to be equipped to educate others on the urgency of the current climate crisis through leadership development, up-to-date climate change training, and sustainability education. BMRA’s participant is Caroline Marriage, who joins others in an expedition taking place between 17 – 28 March 2022.

Caroline Marriage will join a group of participants from around the world

Caroline said: “The expedition is a unique opportunity to learn from experts in the world of climate change and sustainability whilst seeing first-hand the impact of climate change on the landscape and wildlife of Antarctica: the last untouched piece of the globe.”

James Kelly, BMRA’s CEO, said: “Given that metal is 100% recyclable and a permanent resource, its contribution to lowering emissions and the journey to net zero is unmatched. We are delighted to support Caroline in her expedition.”

Vertas Environmental unveils new food waste recycling service for businesses

Vertas Environmental, the consultant arm of facility management business Vertas Groupmhas announced the launch of a new food waste recycling service for its clients.

The food waste collected is to be used to generate green energy through anaerobic digestion (AD).

To deliver the service, Vertas Environmental has partnered with Keenan Recycling and Solebay Waste and Recycling Services. The food waste recycling collection service aims to help businesses reduce CO2 emissions and move towards zero waste to landfill.

David Burrows, managing director at Solebay Waste and Recycling Services, commented: “The service has been implemented in local restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels and households who previously had no other option but to dispose of food waste with their general waste. We are excited at the prospect of branching out further into Suffolk with Vertas.”

Gary Mills, sales manager at Keenan Recycling, said: “Keenan Recycling has progressed to become the largest national food waste collections and recycling company in the UK. We’re proud to be teaming up with Vertas.”

Mick Balch plans to help Ukrainian refugees

Mick Balch, managing director at L&S Waste Management Ltd, announced his plans to collect and deliver supplies to Ukrainian border to help some of the refugees.

Mr Balch reached out through social media, taking the initiative to organise help for those affected by Ukrainian crisis.

Despite “never having done anything like this before”, Mr Balch plans to drive a van with helpful supplies to the Polish border with Ukraine. He used his profile to ask for donations to be sent to L&S Waste Management headquarters in Fareham, Hampshire.

Mr Balch’s post gained a lot of support, announcing the arrival of the first parcel in the comments. He is “aiming to go as soon as there is enough to fill the van” and welcomes any questions or useful comments. The contact email address to get involved is

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