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Local waste firms challenge ‘national monopoly’

A group of independent local recycling companies has been set up to challenge the “national monopoly” of corporate waste management operators in the UK.

The National Resource Consortium (NRC), including founding member Mick George Ltd, says the power of national brands makes it difficult for local waste businesses to compete.

NRC aims to bid against large waste firms for national corporate accounts then distribute the work to local businesses that are unable to benefit from such geographical coverage.

It says corporate waste accounts for around 30% of the materials collected in the UK and the growth of retail chains has made it harder for smaller companies to compete.

According to Mick George, members of the NRC offer collective experience and capability in the industry that “far outstrips” the national organisations with a target of over 90% of all materials being recycled.

Neil Johnson, Mick George technical director, said: “Competition is something our business welcomes as it encourages us to improve, strive for the best and continue to innovate in order to provide a better service for our clients.

“We’re strong advocates of supporting our local communities and building a better climate for businesses to operate alongside one another at the expense of the large corporate players who have limited recognition or acknowledgement of what really matters to local residents.”

Mick George serves the Peterborough, Northants, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes areas.

Other NRC members include Simply Waste Solutions, Countrystyle Recycling Ltd, Glazewing Ltd, JWS Waste and Recycling Ltd, Ward Recycling, Devon Contract Waste Ltd, Aspects Solutions Environmental Ltd, Premier Waste Recycling Ltd, Associated Waste Management Ltd, Weir Waste Ltd and 6two6 Ltd.

Environmental Services Association (ESA) executive director, Jacob Hayler said competition within the sector was essential to encourage efficiencies and innovation.

”ESA’s membership includes companies both large and small, all of which are used to operating within an extremely competitive market on a local, regional and national basis.

”The success of these companies is due to continuously delivering the best and most cost efficient service possible, which is demonstrated by winning and retaining waste collection contracts with satisfied customers.

”As long as any new company or organisation operates within the competition rules ESA can only welcome new entrants to the market.”

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