National waste firm will mark its 80th year in 2014

START-UP The Dennis tanker that Bunny Hart bought to begin the Cleansing Service Group 80 years ago
START-UP The Dennis tanker that Bunny Hart bought to begin the Cleansing Service Group 80 years ago
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ONE of the country’s oldest management companies will be celebrating its 80th birthday in 2014.

Cleansing Service Group, which has its headquarters in Fareham, was founded in 1934 by a Hampshire man, Bunny Hart, who went into business emptying cesspits in the Southampton area.

He invested in a £5 second-hand Dennis tanker, made some modifications, had the words Hampshire Cleansing Service painted on the side of it, and based the business in the village of Botley.

Eighty years on, now Cleansing Service Group has become the second largest privately-owned industrial and domestic waste management group in Britain, with 22 sites from Cornwall to Kent and up to Middlesbrough.

CSG employs a national workforce of 400 with around 40 based at its head office building in Fareham.

The company has remained an independent family business. The Hart family are still the principal shareholders, and Bunny Hart’s two daughters still take an active interest in the company.

The group’s managing director, Neil Richards, said he was proud to be leading the company into its 80th year.

‘I’m sure our founder could never have envisaged the way in which waste management would evolve from an activity with few controls to a highly regulated and increasingly sophisticated industry taking a pivotal role in protecting the environment,’ he said.

CSG is the UK’s market leader in the domestic sector and now empties, services and repairs more than 70,000 off-mains domestic drainage systems every year.

But the company also operates in a wide range of other sectors including print waste management, industrial hazardous wastes, oil recovery, metals reclamation, tank cleaning, and spills management.

It draws its corporate customers from many sectors, including government departments and agencies, major local authorities, utility companies, leading supermarket groups and forecourts.