Willshee’s secures major renewal contracts

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Willshee’s Waste & Recycling has secured two major contract renewals with the UK’s largest arts and crafts retailer, Hobbycraft, and Brunel Healthcare, the UK’s leading manufacturer of vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements. Having achieved zero waste to landfill by partnering with Willshee’s, who delivered increased efficiencies and environmentally focused innovations, both companies are now set to reduce their carbon footprint further.

Hobbycraft has reappointed Burton-based Willshee’s as their sole waste and recycling partner after a successful first term. One particularly significant recent improvement is the installation of a bespoke onsite baler – whereby cardboard is fed in from both sides – which has improved operational handling and is a far safer machine from a health and safety perspective.

With over 110 stores and more than 200,000 product lines, Hobbycraft’s 220,000 square foot Burton national distribution centre employs 300 staff and has vast amounts of packaging to deal with, alongside other refuse. They have now achieved zero waste to landfill with a fully compliant and traceable solution.

Anthony Oldfield is operations manager for Hobbycraft’s Burton national distribution centre. He says:

“Working with the Willshee’s team as our total waste management partner is bringing many benefits to our business. They take a very proactive approach which is refreshing as well as being hugely advantageous. Through their investments and industry relationships, Willshee’s has introduced better routes for recycling wood, hard plastics and glass which have reduced some of our costs.”

Anthony Oldfield

In good health

Brunel Healthcare, based in Swadlincote and employing 500 people across four sites, specialises in private label and contract manufacture of shelf-ready goods for the global marketplace.

Brunel has reappointed Willshee’s to provide total waste management across all four sites – including the supply of onsite compactors and balers. This means Brunel can now recycle in the most effective and cost-efficient way.

Brunel Healthcare warehouse & services manager Colin Sturgess has been working with Willshee’s for nearly 10 years, and commented:

“We enjoy a really productive and rewarding partnership approach with the Willshee’s team. Despite working together for nearly a decade, the standard of account management is consistently excellent. We’re always looking at new ways to further improve our carbon footprint and environmental legacy and Willshee’s continue to re-evaluate our waste streams and look for new and innovative solutions. This really adds value. For example, some of our waste now goes to an anaerobic digestion plant rather than becoming Refuse Derived Fuel. Anaerobic digestion is higher up the waste hierarchy, recycling more and reducing our levels of general waste – which is good news for us, and good news for the environment.”

Colin Sturgess

Willshee’s managing director, Dean Willshee, added:

“We are delighted to have been reappointed by Hobbycraft and Brunel Healthcare. These prestigious contract renewals show that we really do deliver in terms of helping our customers to remove, reuse and recycle more, while often bringing savings at the same time.

“We are finding that many companies, like Hobbycraft and Brunel Healthcare, for whom zero waste to landfill is now the norm, want to keep increasing their levels of best practice when it comes to the environment, further reducing their carbon footprint wherever they possibly can. And there are many ways that we can help businesses to achieve this!”

Dean Willshee

For further information, please visit www.willshees.co.uk