Willshee’s Waste & Recycling opens third recycling site

Willshee’s Waste & Recycling, based in Burton-upon-Trent, has developed its third recycling site with the support of a unique seven-figure funding package from Lombard Asset Finance, creating more than 30 jobs.

The firm, which is the largest independent waste and recycling company in the East Midlands, has used the £5.7 million finance, alongside its own investment, to transform a 33-acre site in Swadlincote.

Over the last 12 months, Lombard has funded the project from start to finish with staged payments as the firm has transformed the site into a materials recycling plant to process commercial and demolition waste. Complete with state-of-the-art equipment, the facility automatically removes all material suitable for recycling and reuse.

Founded in 1986, Willshee’s Waste & Recycling provides domestic, industrial and commercial waste management services, including wheelie bin collections, skip hire and equipment rental for general waste and all recycling. It has grown from employing nine to 120 staff, and turnover hit £20 million this year.

Over the last 10 years, the company has focussed on achieving zero waste to landfill by treating waste and supplying it to energy plants throughout Europe.  The firm is now aiming to remove more recyclables from its waste collections and supply these materials to recycling facilities throughout the UK and Europe.

The company has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, fulfilling its local authority contracts and offering its waste management, recycling and skip hire expertise.

Dean Willshee, Managing Director at Willshee’s Waste & Recycling, said: “Our priority is making sure no waste goes to landfill. The new multi-million-pound facility in Swadlincote will help us with our ambition of increasing recycling rates and creating solid recovered fuel from waste.

“Lombard has offered us a huge amount of support throughout the whole process, allowing us to achieve this next growth milestone for the business. Going forward, we hope that the new facility will help us expand our customer base and increase our contracts with existing customers.”

The Lombard deal team included Jamie Burke, Business Development Director and Jane Mcintyre, Lombard Senior Relationship Manager.

Jamie said: “I am delighted that we have been able to support Willshee’s investment into their new state-of-the-art Materials Recovery Facility, helping to increase productivity and ensure zero waste to landfill. Making staged payments as they became due and taking a charge over the plant after commissioning helped support cash flow during the critical development stage. It has been fantastic to help Willshee’s achieve their ambitions and play a part in their continued growth.”

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