Raymond Brown are delighted to welcome Don Coates to the business as Chief Executive Officer

Raymond Brown are delighted to announce Don Coates as the group’s new Chief Executive Officer.

The appointment is a key part of Raymond Brown’s future growth strategy, which will see Don steering the business through its growth and expansion plans.

Don commented: “Raymond Brown is a well-respected business and I am excited to be joining at a key time in the Group’s development when there are many great prospects.  I will ensure that we remain committed to our employees, customers, local communities, health and safety and improving the environment, which underpins our core values.  I look forward to supporting the senior team in leading the group through this next phase.”

Don has 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, working across a variety of sectors, and has led several businesses as CEO in both private and public company environments, including 17 years with DS Smith Plc, where his responsibilities included running the UK’s largest waste paper recycler.

Don will be working closely with Chief Operating Officer, Steve Clasby, Chief Financial Officer, Wayne Roberts, and the management team.

Steve Clasby commented: “On behalf of the Raymond Brown team, I would like to welcome Don, who we are thrilled to have on board.  I very much look forward to working with Don to make the most of the opportunities ahead as we continue our success into the future.”

Disposing of your Batteries Safely and Responsibly

Each year we throw away over 600 million batteries, but did you know that batteries are a significant risk to our health and the environment.

  • Many batteries contain harmful chemicals (particularly heavy metals such as lead, mercury, or cadmium) which can escape into and poison our environment and watercourses.
  • Car batteries contain acids which can cause burns and harm wildlife.
  • Lithium rechargeable batteries contain flammable materials under pressure which can cause fires when the battery becomes damaged. This is a significant risk on waste sites where the battery can become damaged during processing.

Please ensure that you and your family dispose of batteries safely;

  • No batteries should be put into skips, recycling bins or household waste.
  • Most large supermarkets and garages have designated collection points for batteries where you can take old batteries
  • Council household recycling centres may also have collection points for all types of batteries.
  • Some garages will recycle your car battery for you

Not only is recycling your batteries safer, it is also making a difference to the environment.

Raymond Brown Take New Signwritten Lorry to Smannell and Enham CE Primary School

Raymond Brown took their new sign written grab lorry to Smannell and Enham Primary School, accompanied by Sean Warren (Business Development Manager), Alix Kerr (Assistant Transport Co-ordinator) and Martin Brown (Driver). The children from Smannell and Enham school had taken part in Raymond Brown’s lorry competition to design posters around recycling and the winning children were given certificates, goody bags and book vouchers for their efforts in taking part and were also able to sit in the lorry cab.

The children learnt about the importance of recycling and how Raymond Brown are addressing the issue through educating children through their links with local schools.

All of the children from Smannell and Enham School were very excited to see the new lorry and promised the driver they would wave at him if they spot the lorry on the roads.

Raymond Brown gain FORS Reaccreditation

Raymond Brown are delighted to have been reassessed and reaccredited with the Bronze Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

The FORS scheme has been set up to raise the level of quality within fleet operations across the UK and in 2017 Raymond Brown announced that the business had met the FORS bronze level requirements.

FORS reassessments take place each year and comprise of an external audit of the business processes to ensure that the company maintains the high standard of work related road risk management.

Transport Manager, Simon Webb commented: “The Raymond Brown fleet comprises of over 60 vehicles and this reaccreditation emphasises our commitment to fleet safety and environmental efficiency as well as demonstrating that we meet a recognised industry standard.”

New Weekend Working Crew Appointed for A303 MRF

The A303 Materials Recovery Facility have appointed a weekend working crew, which has extended the operating hours on a Saturday and Sunday, therefore increasing the capacity to recycle more and the ability to carry out essential maintenance works to the facility.

As the business goes into its busy period, it has become necessary to appoint a Weekend Supervisor and Weekend Plant Operator, enabling the plant to run from 06:00am to 18:00pm on both a Saturday and Sunday, rather than the current hours of 06:00am to 14:00pm.  Processing operations take place within the building and have no traffic/sound/visual impacts.

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions appoint a new Commercial Manager

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions is pleased to announce the appointment of Iain McLean as Commercial Manager.

Iain has a strong market awareness and a firm understanding of the waste industry having worked for both Suez and Eco Food Recycling.

Adam Murnieks, Managing Director commented: “We are delighted to have appointed Iain who is a highly capable Sales and Business Development professional with a strong commercial awareness and people leadership skills.  He enjoys working with both existing and future customers to improve the overall customer experience and growing the business from inside out.”

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions Visit Longparish Little School

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions visited Longparish Little School in Andover this week to talk to the children about the importance of recycling and the effects on the environment.

Lindsey Dryden Site Manager from the A303 Material Recovery Facility dressed in her PPE (protective clothing) and explained her role within the business, also giving the children an understanding of the importance of being seen and safe on site.  Some of the children were able to try on the safety glasses, gloves and hard hats and Lindsey even let the children stand on her boots so they had understanding of the protection they provide.

The children were provided with cardboard hands to colour in and they designed a tree from different materials which the hands were stuck to.  The tree is displayed on the wall of the Little School as a reminder of the visit.

Lindsey commented: “I had a lovely time speaking to the children of Longparish Little School and explaining all about recycling to them and my role within the business.  They were all very interested in my PPE, especially the hard hat, gloves and glasses and enjoyed trying them on!  We then had lots of fun colouring in hands to stick onto a very colourful tree.”

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions have increased recovery rates by 10% over the last year with almost 5,000 tonnes of material going offsite for energy production.

Last year, Raymond Brown commenced a contract with Oakleaf recycling to supply residual waste to be converted into Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) for energy production.  This has, in turn, seen an average of 470 tonnes of waste per month (almost 5,000 tonnes of material in total) get converted into energy rather than sent to landfill from the A303 Materials Recovery Facility in Andover.

The continued investment and improvements to our recycling capabilities and in creating renewable fuels from the residues of our processes, ensures that we are able to recover more materials which otherwise would be lost to landfill.

Skips donated to Barton Stacey Primary School

Raymond Brown were pleased to donate two skips to Barton Stacey Primary School in June to help them clear an area which will become a learning and discovery zone as part of their new Landscape Strategy.

The school have been working on their Landscape Strategy for a number of months and members of teaching staff, support staff, parents, governors and neighbours have all worked with the County Council to come up with a long-term plan to better utilise the school grounds.

The school has recently started to focus on one of the key areas highlighted in this project, the use of the field area formally known as the Sensory Garden or Millennium Garden. The Landscape Strategy highlighted this area as a potential outdoor learning and discovery zone. Their long-term vision for the area is to make it a usable space for learning in a variety of curriculum areas with resources that enhance discovery and hands on learning and which also sit comfortably with the natural environment and natural strengths that our school grounds provide.

Raymond Brown were delighted to offer their support in the form of skips to ensure that the school could clear the area in preparation as they progress with their outdoor learning and discovery zones.