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Businesses look to smash ‘monopoly’ on national waste with NRC

According to Let’s Recycle, a collaboration is occurring between SME waste businesses in order to combat what they call a ‘monopoly’ of commercial waste collections in the UK.

Its members include:

  • ASL Environmental
  • Associated Waste Management
  • Countrystyle Recycling
  • Devon Contract Waste
  • Glazewing
  • JWS
  • Premier Waste Recycling
  • Simply Waste Solutions
  • Ward Recycling
  • Weir Waste Services

Otherwise known as the National Resource Consortium (NRC), co-founded by recycling firm, Mick George Ltd, its objective is to tackle the large corporate waste firms that it claims are dominating regional markets throughout the UK.

Incorporated in November of last year, the NRC appointed Paul Jackson – current director of 6 two 6 Limited – as its sole director.

The NRC has stated that it is concerned that it is becoming increasingly difficult for local waste management companies to compete against national companies that are tendered by large corporations and chain businesses – which according to the NRC, comprises of around 30 per cent of all waste collected in the UK.

It has been reported that the NRC shall operate by collectively bidding for contracts and distributing the work amongst local collection and recycling companies that would previously have been unable to provide a service more common amongst larger firms.

A fresh start for NRC members

Neil Johnson, technical director of Mick George Ltd, says that:

“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.”

Amongst long-term claims of monopolisation, the NRC is not the first example of collaboration with the Furness Waste Consortium having been created some years ago.

Andy has worked as a freelance journalist for a number of years and has been published in some of the UK’s top newspapers. He is now the editor Commercial Waste Magazine and contributes to a large selection of headlines and blog articles on the site.

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