Slough begins another rubbish consultation as Grundon regroups

Incinerator-operator Grundons has appointed a new Managing Director as Slough Borough Council has set in motion yet another consultation, this one into rubbish.


Slough Borough Council has embarked on a consultation into the future of waste collection services in the area as it seeks to improve its abysmal recycling rates.

The borough has fallen behind other local authorities in the league tables and is desperate to meet Government targets.

The number of people who live in Slough and the amount of waste and recycling generated is growing and we need to develop the most efficient collection services possible to deal with it. Together we recycled 31 percent of household waste in 2012 and we aim to recycle 60 percent by 2028.

In 2007 the Government set National targets for recycling and composting:

2010 2015 2020
Recycle/compost Household Waste 40% 45% 50%
Recover value from Municipal Waste 53% 67% 75%

Meanwhile local waste processor Grundons appears to be responding to its own capability shortcomings with the appointment of a new Managing Director.

Clayton Sullivan-Webb, who has been employed by the Oxfordshire-based waste service provider for 24 years, has been appointed managing director.  In addition, company sales manager Bradley Smith, an employee of Grundon for almost 20 years, has been appointed to the board as sales and marketing director

Grundons lost a major contract to recycle Hillingdon’s waste in July. Rival Viridor offered far more comprehensive facilities for recycling, and a cheaper price. Hillingdon residents are now able to recycle old books and a wider range of plastics, including PTT (pots, tubs and trays) as well as the current mix of newspapers, magazines, mixed papers, cardboard, plastic bottles, cartons, aluminium and steel cans and glass bottles.  If Slough’s review, as expected, leads to a demand to recycle more products, it may find Grundon unable to help.

Grundons’ CEO, Richard Skehens, said:

“Under Clayton’s leadership, Grundon will continue to expand both organically and by taking advantage of complementary business opportunities as and when they arise”.

(Presumably that means they will start to recycle more).

Grundons operates the £180 million Energy from Waste plant at Colnbrook, in a joint venture … with Viridor.

The facility burns over 410,000 tonnes of residual waste from businesses and local authorities.  Viridor owns a 50% stake in the facility, which includes the controversial super-incinerator which was opened in 2010 by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Neighbouring Bucks has collaborated with its own neighbouring councils to implement a much more widespread recycling scheme being rolled out over the coming months. Separate grey, brown, green and blue bins are being given to residents for normal refuse, food waste, garden refuse, and mixed recycling – already including aerosols, foil, plastic packaging, cartons, cans and glass.

In addition, separate bags are provided for collection of textiles and batteries, plus boxes for paper and card.

The downside, of course, is that some residents are complaining they have nowhere to put their bins. Eric Pickles (again) has called for developers to be required to build new houses with bin storage cupboards.  With up to 7 different bins, boxes and bags to house, that equates to a cupboard the size of a kitchen in a typical new build.

Colnbrook residents will have the opportunity to air their views about that in the Let’s Talk Waste consultation which began on August 1 and will run until October 31.

(Of course, Slough doesn’t always pay much attention to the view of its residents as recent consultations have demonstrated).

Meanwhile, prophetically, Grundon Waste Management will be sponsoring an award for Green Progress of the Year, at the Thames Valley Business Awards 2013 on November 21.

Related External Articles

Sullivan-Webb appointed as Grundon MD – Lets

Entries open for Thames Valley Business Awards 2013 – Slough Express

External Links

Let’s Talk Waste, Slough Borough Council consultation

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