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Pearsons acquires Envirowaste

Waste management company Pearsons Recycling has acquired the dry waste division of waste tanker firm Envirowaste for an undisclosed sum.

The agreement between the Thetford-based firms will see Pearsons process an extra 10,000 tonnes of dry waste each year in addition to the 200,000 tonnes it currently treats. Pearsons sends the waste through its two waste transfer stations and materials recycling facility (MRF) in the area.

According to Pearsons managing director Jo Pearson, Envirowaste will now focus on its wet waste division. He said: “Waste strategy and legislation in the UK are now demanding much higher levels of diversion of recyclables away from landfill, and it is MRFs such as ours, now delivering nearly 90% of recovery and diversion, that are leading the way. The more waste we can divert through these MRFs, the more we can recycle while providing secure jobs and a better future for all.”

Pearsons will continue to look for further acquisitions in the dry waste sector. Alternative disposal options is another area it is assessing, looking at anaerobic digestion and thermal treatment in particular, as options to treat Norfolk’s waste. This is because although Pearsons is diverting 90% of its waste away from landfill, the remaining residual waste needs further treatment.

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