IT’S business as usual.
This is the message from Glen Howard, owner and managing director of Bridge Skip Hire, a major local waste recycling company based in Hilsea.
Glen is keen to set the record straight after reading a headline in the business section of The News which might have given the impression that his firm had been taken over.
It accompanied our report on the sale of wheelie bin operations from Bridge Skips to Fareham-based TJ Waste.
Glen said: ‘We will be continuing to offer the best independent service local to our customers. We have not been taken over.’
Glen started working in the recycling industry with just one vehicle, building and growing Bridge Skip Hire into a major local player over the last 15 years.
The company now runs a fleet of 14 vehicles, reaching out to Southampton, Littlehampton and Midhurst.
Alongside collection of construction, demolition and factory waste materials, the company also has domestic customers and deals with paper, cardboard, wood and plastic recycling.
The Howard name has been associated with metal recycling and waste reclamation industry for nearly a century.
More than a decade ago, Glen purchased a waste transfer station, essential for quick and efficient sorting.
Its latest investment is a Materials Recycling Facility – the only independent recycling company in Portsmouth to have installed this technology.
Glen said: ‘The new site at Tipner means that we can accurately sort waste and bail all materials for use in home and export markets.
‘This environmentally-friendly approach allows us to offer up to 92 per cent landfill diversion to the recycling industry. Additionally, within our licence of 150,000 tonnes a year, we are the preferred supplier to Biffa, the largest single supplier of integrated waste services in the UK.’
Bridge Recycling recently acquired Delta Skips from John Bellinger, who ran it for more than 25 years. He now works at Bridge Skip Hire.
Glen also purchased Hayling Island-based HCS, specialists in the recycling of end-of-life vehicles and parts for home and export manufacturing industries.
So, with the thriving recycling sector now said to be worth approximately £8bn a year, Glen says he certainly has no plans to sell up just yet.
n On Tuesday, June 14, we reported that Bridge Skips had completed a deal in which TJ Waste, of Fareham, had taken over its wheelie bins operation. We would like to clarify that TJ Waste has not taken over any other Bridge Skips operations and would like to apologise for any wrong impression that our headline and story might have given.