Recycling and waste management company acquired

Urbaser Ltd, an environmental services company and UK subsidiary of the Urbaser Group, has acquired Biowise Ltd  – part of Wastewise Holdings Ltd – a Hull-based resource management service provider.

Urbaser provides municipal, waste treatment, and recovery services to residents throughout the UK, focusing its operations on conserving resources and carbon reduction.

The acquisition supports its growth strategy to expand its portfolio of waste treatment and commercial services solutions within the region, building on the acquisition of five waste management contracts from Amey and J&B Recycling Ltd during 2021.

Founded by the Landau family, Biowise is a recycling and waste management firm with over 50-years’ experience within the industry.

Delivering services across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire, Biowise operates three organic waste treatment facilities, and offers a Total Waste Management service to a range of local authority and commercial customers.

Javier Peiro, managing director of Cheltenham-based Urbaser, said: “The integration of Biowise into the Urbaser Group is another important step along the path of growth and an example of our continued ambition to expand the range of services we offer to our local authority and commercial customers across the country.

“We are committed to ensuring Biowise continues to deliver the exemplary level of service established by its team over the many years of operation.

“The collection and treatment of organic waste is a critical element of the United Kingdom’s overall waste management strategy.”

The senior management team at Wastewise will remain within the business, including Bob Wilkes as managing director, who joined the company in 2017.

Wilkes said: “We are very excited to be joining Urbaser and supporting the Group in its ambitious growth strategy within the UK.

“Biowise is very fortunate to have found a company which possesses the same values in respect of the provision of innovative and environmentally responsible solutions across the waste management sector.”

James Landau added: “It was extremely important to me to find the right organisation to take the business forward and I have every confidence that Urbaser will nurture and build upon Biowise’s existing relationships with its various local authority and commercial customers to take the company to the next level.

“I am very proud of what we have achieved, and I am thankful to the whole team for their loyalty and support. I wish them and Urbaser all the best for the future as they embark on the next chapter.”

Giles Taylor and Will Griffith from KPMG and Jonathan Pollard from Ward Hadaway advised Wastewise Holdings.