Some waste management companies that were in top 20

Top 20 UK Solid Waste Management Companies and Landfill Operators

Waste Management Companies which operate landfills, listed by turnover (2005-6).

Some waste management companies that were in top 20

This page is pending an update. The information on this page is over 10 years old. Unless you are seeking historical information from that period we suggest that you click on the button below, which will take you to an up-to-date (April 2018) listing of the Top 20 UK Waste Companies and UK Landfill Operators.
We have retained some company names which, due to recent mergers, may no longer be trading by the time you read this.
No. Organisation by Turnover – Click on image to visit site.
1 Biffa Waste Management
2  Waste Recycling Group
Shanks Waste Services
4 Onyx (Waste Management)Veolia-Environmental-logoCleanaway Waste Management
Onyx, is now part of Veolia Environmental Services (Announced January 2006)
More … and in June 2006 Veolia also purchased Cleanaway.
5 SITA-Holdings-UK-logo02
Viridor Waste Management
Inc. Thames
Waste acquisition
7 Cory Environmental
8  Oran-Group-logo
9 Greater Manchester Waste
10 London Waste
11 Grundon Waste Management
12 The Hills Group (UK)
13 Cleansing Services group
14 Mersey Waste
15 Premier Waste Management
16 Lafarge Aggregates Waste Divn.
17 Verdant-Group-Ecovert-logo02
18 Augean
19 Wyvern-Waste-waste-management-logo02
20 CESGroup                         Focsa Services UK
This table may not be accurate.
We accept no responsibility for errors.
The above are the Top 20 UK Solid Waste Management Companies, as of 2005 – 6.

Recent Solid Waste Company Mergers and Acquisitions: as at December 2006

Those mergers and acquisitions just keep on. Try to understand this evolution by referring to our chronological list of events below:-

June 2003 – Severn Trent acquires Hales Waste Control for £141 m

June 2003 – Terra Firma acquires The Waste Recycling Group (WRG) for £531 m

June 2004 – Terra Firma acquires Shanks’ landfill interests for £227m

September 2004 – Augean acquires Atlantic and Zero Waste Holdings for £106m

December 2004 – The refinancing of The Waste Recycling Group (WRG) for £885m

April 2005 – A management buy-out of Cory takes place for £200m

June 2005 – Viridor acquires Brett Waste for £45m

August 2005 – Waste Recycling Group acquired Cumbria trade waste specialistsAlco Waste Management for an undisclosed multi-million pound sum.

January 2006 –  Veolia acquires Onyx

June 2006, September 2006 approved by the competition authorities – Veolia acquiresCleanaway from Brambles Industries for £595m

July 2006 – FCC acquires WRG interests for £1.4bn

October 2006 – Severn Trent’s floatation of Biffa (without debt and landfill liabilities) for circa £850m

Source: The Caledonian Economics 2006 Financial Review of the UK Waste Management Sector, published in October 2006 – with additional information added by


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    • Robert Sjöberg
    • 04/04/2018

    I would certainly extremely highly prompt individuals in waste administration to do a better task of extremely highly and also properly supporting for the incredibly vital needs to protect our planet. It should make required reusing a far more typical technique. The method i believe we could do this is by placing reusing containers at much more place’s, including show places, dining establishment’s, all bar’s, as well as retailer’s. Make it a far more usual technique compared to currently. Doing so would significantly decrease the huge quantity of unneeded waste. It would certainly likewise conserve the federal government 10’s of billion’s of buck’s. we truly should do this.

    • M Snyder
    • 20/08/2018

    Hi. Nobody else is providing the Top 20 UK Solid Waste Management Companies and Landfill Operators. I believe that you have filled a gap in the internet. Many thanks.

  1. Reply

    Much like the UK, we’ve lost all our big Australian industries and icons. Even Qantas went when it sold 25 % of its shares and a controlling interest to British Airways. What we can still do is thump a load of rubbish into the ground. Used your list. Good on ya!

    • Joel Whinner
    • 10/05/2019

    After going abroad to countries which have litter everywhere, literally, I value our waste industry a lot more and the job they do to civilize our nation.

    • Nic and Brenda
    • 28/05/2019

    Useful info here. Why stop at 20 waste companies? Thanking you.

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