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Shanks-Van Gansewinkel becomes Renewi

Shanks has completed its merger with the Van Gansewinkel Groep and the partnership has been rebranded as Renewi.

The new name is said to reflect the heritage of the legacy companies, their complementary businesses and expertise, and combined position at the centre of the circular economy (CE).

Peter Dilnot, chief executive of Renewi, said: “By giving new life to used materials, we will protect the world from contamination, preserve finite natural resources and enable customers to meet their sustainability goals.

”With our deep international expertise, we also provide them with an extensive product range, combined with local service and attention. The CE is something that we are passionate about and this is captured by Renewi’s fundamental vision to ’waste no more’.”

The new company has 8,000 employees across nine countries in Europe and North America. Its projects include closed loops partnering with Phillips to produce a vacuum cleaner made from 30% recycled plastic from discarded old vacuum cleaners; working with Miele to deliver back cast iron for washing machines; producing bricks from ashes formed by incinerators; and creating packaging from crop waste.

Dilnot said waste was an opportunity.

“When we take away someone’s waste we then give it new life. We transform a wide range of used materials into valuable products for our customers, like recycled paper, metal, plastic and glass, clean water, woodchips and compost, energy and fuel, and other products.”

Renewi operates across five divisions:

  • Netherlands Commercial – Collecting, sorting, treating and recycling commercial and household waste in the Netherlands
  • Belgium Commercial – Collecting, sorting, treating and recycling commercial and household waste in Belgium
  • Hazardous Waste – Treating soil, water and packed chemical waste at its flagship ATM facility and conducting specialist industrial cleaning in the Netherlands
  • Monostreams – Managing a range of waste streams which focus on specific end markets such as glass, electronic goods, organics and minerals in Europe
  • Municipal – Operating long-term waste management contracts with local authorities in the UK and Canada

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