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Local companies challenge ‘waste monopoly’

A new consortium representing independent local waste and recycling companies aims to break the ‘monopoly’ of large corporations in the industry which is making it difficult for small companies to compete.

A new consortium representing independent local waste and recycling companies aims to break the ‘monopoly’ of large corporations in the industry which is making it difficult for small companies to compete.

The National Resource Consortium (NRC) has been established to help small local operators to compete for waste management services tendered by large companies, which account for approximately 30 per cent of the waste collected in the UK. 

Collective bidding

By bidding as a collective unit for contracts and then distributing them amongst local members, the NRC hopes to be able to compete with large waste companies that dominate the market.

The consortium will operate on a zero profit basis and its eleven founding members, including Salford-based JWS Waste, already cover 98 per cent of the UK.

It also expects that the collective experience and capability of its members will allow it to recycle over 90 per cent of collected materials.

Local expertise

The group is already in negotiation with several large corporations to secure waste contracts. 

Neil Johnson, technical director at Mick George Ltd, one of the founding companies, 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.

“However, 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. 

“We feel Mick George Ltd, like the other members of the NRC, is best placed to provide what’s required to the highest standards.”