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Biffa makes fresh acquisition of PHS division

Biffa has acquired the chemical treatment business of PHS Group in a move the company says will enhance its position in the hazardous waste sector and increase its waste transfer station network.

PHS Group’s chemical treatment business runs collection services for 2,000 customers from five locations, including three hazardous waste transfer facilities and specialist processing facilities for aerosols and fluorescent tubes.

The business will eventually be fully integrated into Biffa’s hazardous waste division.

Chief executive Ian Wakelin, pictured, said: “We have long observed that the UK’s recycling and waste collection industry is fragmented and will consolidate as the technology becomes more sophisticated and the legislation more onerous.

“The winners will be those companies that position themselves at the forefront of this trend, and we see Biffa as a natural consolidator in the industry. This acquisition is in line with that strategy.”

In January 2014, Biffa bought PHS Wastetech in a deal said to be worth £2.5m. The company, which was the commercial waste business of PHS All Clear, had a turnover of £25m and specialised in general dry waste services. 

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