Simply Waste Solutions has acquired the waste management division of London-based Dirty Harry’s Group, Simply Waste’s second purchase of the year.
The deal will increase Simply Waste’s customer base by a further 500-plus customers in central London.
James Capel, Simply Waste Solutions’ chief executive and founder (pictured), said: “We have always stated that it is our intention to grow the business, both organically and through strategic acquisitions, and so this addition will enable us to both increase our customer base and consolidate our already strong presence in the capital.
“Size is now becoming an ever important factor in the success of waste management companies, not only because of the continuous investment required in people and equipment but also due to the increasing complexity in achieving compliance and meeting environmental standards.”
As part of the acquisition, more than 30 Dirty Harry’s staff currently operating in the waste division will become Simply Waste employees. Dirty Harry’s will continue to operate under its brand name, focusing on its core businesses of cleaning, vending, washroom services, janitorial supplies and support staff.
Scott Knight, managing director of the Dirty Harry’s Group, said: “Although our waste management division achieved considerable commercial success in the past decade, it has become increasingly clear to us that this service is rapidly becoming highly specialised and now requires a dedicated focus.
”A raft of forthcoming legislative changes looks certain to result in a period of consolidation within the waste industry. I believe this will result in just a handful of major operators who will come to dominate London’s commercial waste collection landscape for many years to come.”
In January, Simply Waste purchased the wheeled bin collection division of Oxfordshire-based M&M Waste Solutions.