Waste management firm bags multi-year deal with global cement brand

Simon Lowe & Andrew Whyatt

A Burton-headquartered waste and recycling business has won a five-year contract to supply carbon offset fuel to a major UK cement works.

Wilshee’s, which has two further sites in Burton and one in Swadlincote, will provide the fuel for Lafarge Cement’s site in Cauldon, near Ashbourne.

Following Lafarge’s investment in an alternative fuel platform, operated by its waste division Geocycle, the company has enlisted Wilshee’s to supply around 15,000 tonnes of Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) a year from its dedicated materials handling facility.

Willshee’s produces SRF as part of its zero waste to landfill policy and says it has seen a “huge” increase in demand for the fuel within the UK market.

Lafarge Cement is owned by Aggregate Industries, part of the Holcim Group, a global supplier of green solutions to the construction industry.

Andrew Whyatt, head of Geocycle UK, said: “We are delighted to enter into this multi-year agreement with a rapidly growing and dynamic waste management company in Willshee’s. Their proximity to the Cauldon Cement Plant not only reduces the carbon footprint of the fuel that is manufactured at their advanced sorting facility in Swadlincote, but also provides us with excellent levels of service from their dedicated vehicle fleet.

“From the outset we were impressed with the drive, knowledge and flexibility of the team, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Simon Lowe, commercial manager at Wilshee’s, said: “Having worked very closely with Geocycle to get this project up and running, and to meet their very high standards of specification, it is exciting to see this contract now live. We look forward to developing a long-term relationship with the team at Geocycle, providing them with a consistent product.”

Lowe added: “We can now see the real benefits of our investment in the Swadlincote facility. Both in terms of our capacity to deliver a sustainable fuel for a global organisation like Geocycle as well as in terms of the scope for future expansion.”

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