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 Investment in Skips

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions has recently invested in a number of brand new skips as well as refurbishing our existing skips to meet recent business demand across Hampshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

The skips will be branded at our Nursling Recycling Facility, with the Chilton Skips travelling to Oxfordshire and the Brown Skips remaining within the Hampshire market.

This investment will enable us to meet the increased demand for our skips from domestic, construction, commercial and industrial markets.

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.”

Raymond Brown Take New Lorry to Romsey Primary School

Raymond Brown visited Romsey Primary School with their new sign written grab lorry. The children from Romsey School took part in the latest lorry competition with Raymond Brown to design posters around recycling and the winning children were given certificates and goody bags for their efforts in taking part and were also able to sit in the lorry cab.

Sarai Bunting from Romsey school quoted: “The children at Romsey Primary School were delighted to be involved in the competition for Raymond Brown’s recycling lorries..  The successful designers were thrilled to be presented with very generous goody bags by Managing Director Adam Murnieks and even more excited to see the lorry and be photographed inside the cab! The children learnt about the importance of recycling and how Raymond Brown are addressing the issue, especially through educating children through their links with local schools.

All of the children at Romsey Primary School are eagerly looking out for the lorry on Romsey’s roads, and give a huge thumbs up for Raymond Brown’s initiative!”

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.”

Nursling Primary School learn about Recycling

Employees from Raymond Brown visited Nursling Primary School in March to undertake a lesson on recycling with the Year 2 students.

Our classroom lessons and school visits are designed to encourage children to understand and start thinking about recycling from an early age so that they know how to help the environment.

The lesson saw the children looking at what could be recycled at home, what materials are recycled into and it also gave them an insight into the waste industry and the what Raymond Brown recycles locally.

The children completed workbooks and a class activity decorating paper flowers and butterflies with what they had learned to create a school recycling flower which is on display at Nursling Recycling Facility.

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.

Children from Fairisle Junior School visit Nursling Recycling Facility

Children from the local Fairisle School were invited by Raymond Brown to visit our Nursling Recycling Facility to learn about the site and how recycling affects the environment. The 94 children were split into four groups and taken around our site by coach learning about how the site recycles the material received and also given a classroom lesson on recycling.

Each coach was driven onto the weighbridge and two volunteers from each group were taken into the weighbridge office to sign for and receive a ticket to show their total weight, our Operations Director Tim O’Leary compared the weights to African Elephants to give the children an idea on scale.

The children in the classroom were given a recycling lesson and provided with cut out paper hands in several colours to write recycling messages on, they were then invited to stick them onto their own Recycling Tree to form a leaf effect which is on display in the site offices.

Tim O’Leary, Operations Director commented: “It was great to see the enthusiasm from the pupils taking part. It is so important to help the children understand the pressures on the environment, th

e world’s resources and the part that they can play in improving things for the future. It is also good to see them having fun whilst learning!”

Fairisle Junior School Cycling Safety Lorry Visit

Accompanied by Sustrans, we took one of our HGV tipper lorries into Fairisle Junior School in Southampton, to increase knowledge of cycling, scooting and walking participation in the local area and to demonstrate ‘Blind spots’ etc as part of road safety for the children.

The children were invited to walk around the Raymond Brown lorry, pick out/spot any warning signs displayed on the lorry and to sit in the lorry cab to make them aware of what HGV drivers are able to view when driving.

‘Sustrans’ talked to the children in great depth about road safety, riding of cycles on the roads and what to be generally aware of when out and about. They also made them aware of the importance of reducing congestion and pollution around the school and the beneficial effects it would have on the children’s mental and physical health.

The children really enjoyed the visit and Headteacher, Peter Howard commented: “Thank you so much for coming to us today, it was brilliant to see the children’s faces especially when they were in the cab. I think we taught everyone a very valuable and potentially lifesaving lesson this morning.’’