A recycling and waste management company has acquired itself | Yorkshire Deals News


A recycling and waste management company that operates three facilities in the north of England has been acquired by a peer.

Urbaser Ltd, a Cheltenham-based environmental services company and UK subsidiary of the Urbaser Group, has acquired Biowise Ltd, part of Wastewise Holdings Ltd.

Founded by the Landau family, Hull-based Biowise has over 50 years of industry experience.

The company operates composting facilities in Willerby in East Yorkshire, Esholt in West Yorkshire and Crewe. It offers a total waste management service to a range of local authorities and commercial customers, who together generated over £13m in 2021 from managing over 260,000 tonnes of waste.

Urbaser provides municipal waste treatment and recovery services to residents across the UK, focusing its operations on conserving resources, reducing carbon and creating a circular economy.

The acquisition of Biowise is expected to support Urbaser’s growth strategy to expand its waste treatment and business services portfolio in the region, building on the acquisition of five waste management contracts from Amey and J&B Recycling Ltd in 2021.

Javier Peiro, CEO of Urbaser, said: “We are delighted to announce the integration of Biowise into the Urbaser group as another important step on the path to growth and an example of our continued ambition to expand the range of services we provide to our local clients. We are committed to ensuring that Biowise continues to provide the exemplary level of service established by the Biowise team over its many years of operation.

“The collection and treatment of organic waste is a vital part of the UK’s overall waste management strategy. Through the provision of organic waste treatment and total waste management services, Urbaser Ltd are pleased to be able to provide further support to maximize recycling within Britain.”

Wastewise’s management team will remain with the company, including Chief Executive Bob Wilkes, who joined the company in 2017.

Wilkes said: “We are very pleased to join Urbaser and support the group in its ambitious growth strategy in the UK.

“Biowise is very fortunate to have found a company that shares the same values ​​when it comes to providing innovative and environmentally responsible solutions in the waste management industry.”

James Landau added: “Finding the right organization to move the business forward was extremely important to me and I am confident that Urbaser will nurture and develop Biowise’s existing relationships with its various local authorities and commercial customers to bring the business to the next level.

“I am very proud of what we have achieved and thank the entire team for their loyalty and support. I wish them and Urbaser all the best for the future as they embark on the next chapter. “

Urbaser Ltd was supported in the transaction by Michelmores, Alvarez & Marsal Transaction Advisory Group Europe, Willis Towers Watson, ByrneLooby, AXIS PED and Tolvik Consulting.

Wastewise Holdings was advised by Giles Taylor and Will Griffith of KPMG, Jonathan Pollard of Ward Hadaway and Smailes Goldie Group.


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