Facing the challenge of 21st century waste management

Waste creation and disposal remains one of industry’s top environmental impacts, subject to tough legislation and increasing social responsibility pressures. This is presenting specialist waste management companies with new challenges, especially in the field of recycling and resource recovery, inspiring them to commit to the goal of sustainability rather than mere disposal by developing innovative waste treatment technologies in favour of the environment.

This commitment underpins Cleansing Service Group’s (CSG) entire set of strategic and commercial goals.

Companies have to manage their waste with considerably more care than in past years. Indeed, they are now obliged to follow an official Waste Management Hierarchy. This sets out in order of priority the waste management options a company must consider when disposing of its by-products.

Preventing waste is the first priority, followed by the need to prepare waste for reuse and exploring recycling and recovery options. Only after all these possibilities have been examined should disposal to landfill be considered as a last resort. It means that companies must now get more up close and personal with their waste than ever before.

Itself ideologically committed to sustainability, CSG seeks to act as a ‘green partner’ to its customers by providing them with the means of managing waste with the minimum of adverse environmental impact and in accordance with all the legal requirements.

It does this through a continuous programme of research and development and creative investment in new waste handling technology maximising the reuse potential of by-products – many of them hazardous. By always valuing and assessing waste as a potential resource CSG is –

  • Dramatically increasing recovery rates of once discarded waste.
  • Providing customers seeking to green their supply chains with genuine alternatives to out-dated, less sustainable processes.
  • Contributing to the national goals of industrial sustainability and diversion from landfill.
  • Producing saleable and reusable by-products as a revenue stream.

The company’s main operational base is a 16-acre waste treatment plant at Cadishead near Manchester.   Here, CSG has pioneered a range of waste treatments to maximise the recycling potential of once problem waste streams using processes that conform to EU defined Best Available Techniques (i.e. the most advanced ways of achieving the highest level of environmental protection).

The company has a long history of innovation to call upon. Founded over 80 years ago, CSG is one of the UK’s oldest waste management companies.

It began when a Hampshire man set up his Hampshire Cleansing Service and went into business emptying cesspits in the Southampton area.

From this modest beginning, CSG has grown to become the second largest privately-owned industrial and domestic environmental waste management group in Britain following steady organic growth, investment in purpose-built waste treatment facilities in anticipation of future demand, and a dynamic policy of tactical business acquisition.

The group’s acquisition programme over the years has seen it expand to include brand names such as J & G Environmental, Lanstar, Lloyds Environmental, Sealand, Saxon Recycling and Oil Monster – all major players in the industry.

This successful investment and expansion programme has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of sectors in which it operates, which now range from metals recovery to chemical waste; oil recovery to the treatment of toxic contaminated construction industry wastes; spills clearances to Total Waste Management programmes, and printing industry by-product recycling to industrial tank cleaning.

CSG believes that the adoption of new, emerging technologies is key to its success in the tightly-legislated landscape of 21st century waste management. For instance, it has recently invested in a renewable energy technology sector company developing ultra clean, ‘green gas and energy’ generating plant which converts waste wood and other waste materials into a synthetic gas.

The group, which has its headquarters in Fareham, now operates from 22 sites stretching from Cornwall to Kent and up to Middlesbrough in the north.

It provides industrial customers with a number of advanced facilities including –

  • A landfill site at Pound Bottom near Salisbury
  • The largest liquid waste treatment capacity in the UK
  • An award-winning Best Available Technology (BAT) centre at Cadishead, for treating hazardous wastes and recovering valuable raw materials
  • The UK’s largest fleet of specifically designed waste road tankers

The group draws its customers from many sectors including Government departments and agencies such as the Ministry of Defence and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), English Heritage, major local authorities throughout the country, utility companies such as UK Power Networks, leading supermarket groups and national forecourt chains.

While the company has forged a national reputation for excellence in industrial waste management, and attracted awards for the innovative waste treatment technologies it has developed, it has also continued to strengthen its position as market leader in the domestic sector and now empties, services and repairs more than 70,000 off-mains domestic drainage systems every year.

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Cleansing Service Group
Chartwell House,
5 Barnes Wallis Road,
Segensworth East,
Fareham PO15 5TT.
Email: enquiries@csg.co.uk
Telephone: 0800 011 6600
Fax: 01489 881369


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