Eversley-based Collard Group’s burgeoning reputation as a leader in the UK’s waste and recycling sectors was enhanced by winning in two categories at the prestigious National Recycling Awards last night.
The waste company which operates throughout the South of England was named Recycling Facility and Independent Operator for 2020 during a virtual ceremony organised by the industry’s premier media outlet Materials Recycling World (MRW).
Collard Group’s founder and managing director Robert Collard commented: “I am so proud that we have won these awards which not only provide recognition and affirmation of the considerable investment we have made to bring innovative techniques and technology to the waste sector but also the hard work our employees put in every day to deliver on our commitments to customer satisfaction and service excellence”.
Judges for the Awards said Collard Group’s concrete recycling plant was the “stand out winner” in the Recycling Facility category which was “a great example of a closed-loop solution and a sound operation with good figures to back it up”.
Collard believes the ability to generate high-quality ready mix concrete using construction and demolition waste is unique: “By investing in R&D, plant and equipment we believe we’ve become the first company to produce a range of BSEN206 8500 standard ready mix concrete products using recycled concrete aggregates,” he said, “We demolish, process the arisings and return the same material in a different format back to site for alternative use. This ensures landfill and virgin material cost savings for clients and, most importantly, reduces the carbon footprint of their operations.
In naming Collard Group Independent Operator of the Year the judging panel said the company had demonstrated “a clear plan that has shown growth, been dynamic, adventurous, invested in R&D and is making a difference in the industry”.
From headquarters in Eversley, Collard Group has been providing waste management and recycling services for over 26 years. Through investment and acquisition the company has grown into one of the largest privately-owned waste management companies in the South of England employing over 400 people and using 150 lorries, 4000 skips and eight licenced Waste Transfer Stations to provide end-to-end solutions across five counties from Hampshire to Surrey, Berkshire, Oxford and Wiltshire.
The MRW National Recycling Awards bring together recycling and waste management professionals to recognise and celebrate best practice and innovation in recycling and waste management. The awards provide industry recognition and unrivalled networking opportunities. With 17 categories, the awards cover every aspect of the recycling and waste management industry, from Food Waste Initiative to Recycling Excellence.