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Garages benefit from new waste oil service agreement

Garage businesses across Yorkshire facing increased waste costs have been given a timely boost by RE:Group’s new market-leading waste service agreement.

RE:Group’s garages business provides a one-stop-shop for garage waste disposal, and the new 12-month plan covers waste oils, other garage waste and customers’ waste producer registration fees.

Phil Evans, RE:Group’s commercial director, said: “We have launched this in response to changes in the waste oil market, which has altered dramatically over the last year.”

The company’s waste collections are usually carried out on a ‘carrier round’ with regular area collections, aiming to service a customer request within five working days of an individual request.

The service covers collection of waste oils, used oil filters, oily rags and other dry oily waste, oil/water mixtures, contaminated fuels and gas oils, brake fluid, empty barrels, batteries (lead acid) and antifreeze.

All wastes are handled in full compliance with the UK environmental legislation at RE:Group’s licensed facilities in Hull with the company providing all the supporting paperwork and waste returns for clients.

While the launch reflects a changing dynamic in the waste oil market, it has been enabled by RE:Group’s investment in an innovative processing plant at new premises on Air Street, near the River Hull.

“This investment has been instrumental in allowing us to provide this new service in the current market,” added Mr Evans.

Although the new service agreement has only just been launched, it is already beginning to make inroads into the Humber and Yorkshire markets.

“What we’re finding now is that as the value for oil drops and charges are being introduced for waste collection, more and more garages, chains and independents, are signing up to our comprehensive service agreement,” he said.

To support the increased interest, two new jobs have been created in the garage services division, strengthening sales and logistics.

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£2m strategic investment fuels RE:Group for further growth

A Hull-based oil recovery and fuel manufacturing business is poised for further growth following an investment of nearly £2m.

RE:Group UK Ltd, which collects and processes aqueous and oily waste and manufactures environmentally sound industrial fuels, is commissioning an innovative processing plant at new premises on Air Street in the Sculcoates area of the city.

Supported with a significant grant from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing the Humber fund, the investment has, to date, created five new jobs, with a further 19 posts expected to be created over the next two to three years as the plant’s production capacity is developed.

The new environmentally friendly process, which RE:Group says is an ‘industry game changer’, will radically improve the processing of waste oils, by facilitating a far greater recovery rate, removing the need for the use of chemicals and providing a more commercially competitive product. The plant will be commissioned in the first quarter of 2015.

The new 1.7 acre Air Street location will allow the company to consolidate operations through creating a physical link with two of its other sites in Hull’s industrial heartland around the River Hull: a tank storage area on Bankside and fuel production facility at its other Air Street premises.

The new location is also home to Clipper House, a 3,200 sq. ft. newly restored Edwardian building, which becomes RE:Group’s new head office.

The company, which has extensive experience in waste oil management and hydrocarbon recovery, currently handles more than 50 million litres of marine and industrial oil each year and sells advanced fuels under its RE:Fuel brand to sectors such as brewing, food production, aggregates and abattoirs.

Employee numbers have steadily increased to 48 since the company started with two staff in 1996 and include engineers, tanker drivers, industrial chemists and production staff.

Managing director Paul Waine said: “This is a significant and strategic investment for RE:Group giving us the increased capacity to develop our customer base through providing innovative hydrocarbon based products.

“We are grateful for the support we have received from both the Humber LEP and our bankers Lloyds in funding this exciting development.“

He said that the continual investment in laboratory facilities and in research and development had been key to the company’s growth.

“We are a technology-led business with innovation in processing, manufacturing and product development being a central element of our strategy. Our UKAS-accredited in-house laboratory facilities allow us to stay one step ahead in a highly competitive market.“

Until 2002, the Air Street site was occupied by vegetable oil producer Seatons, part of the Croda Group, before being purchased by J R Rix and Sons Ltd.

RE:Group now occupies a total of 4.65 acres including a site at Ann Watson Street, Stoneferry, which deals with waste oil collection and processing. It also has an additional collection depot in North Lincolnshire, after entering into a joint venture with Lincolnshire Waste Oils.

Clipper House, which will accommodate the majority of RE:Group’s employees, has been named after the Horse Clippers Arms, which once stood nearby.

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Sales growth targeted by new commercial director

RE:Group (UK) Ltd has appointed a new commercial director as it expands its operations and client base.

Phil Evans says he is working to assist the company in capitalising on recent investments including the development of an innovative new plant at its new premises and head offices on Air Street in Hull.

The company manufactures industrial fuels and provides aqueous and oily waste collection services to industry. It has grown to employ more than 50 staff and new jobs are expected to be created over the following two years.

“I’m here to help take RE:Group to the next level, building on out solid customer base, and leverage the company’s recent investments which include our new plant which is still in development, but also in our UCAS accredited laboratories and the development of our core services.

“I expect to see our customer base increase in the Humber, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, but also around UK.”

Mr Evans said that while the company is at cutting-edge of industrial technology, it was still focused very much on getting the basics right.

“We combine top quality products at a competitive price with excellent customer service,” he said.

Mr Evans, has joined RE:Group from Tradebe, the multi-national waste business where he was recycling commercial director.

Paul Waine, RE:Group’s managing director, said: “Phil has joined the company at a pivotal time in its history. He is the right person to help us achieve the growth and a great deal of experience in the sector.”
RE:Group group comprises two divisions: RE:Claim and RE:Fuel, and currently handles more than 50 million litres of marine and industrial oil each year, selling advanced fuels under its RE:Fuel brand to sectors such as brewing, food production, aggregates and abattoirs.
The company operates from three sites in Hull’s industrial heartland, including its head office at Clipper House, a 3,200 sq. ft. newly restored Edwardian building, and a further collection site in Lincolnshire.

The company says that the new will radically improve processing of waste oils, providing a more commercially competitive product. It has been partly financed by the Humber Local Enterprise’s Growing the Humber RGF fund.