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 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 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 Grab Hire assist Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden Programme

Raymond Brown Waste Solutions donated our grab hire services to Alan Titchmarsh’s popular garden makeover TV series, Love Your Garden last week.  The programme sees Alan transform the gardens of deserving people around the country.
The latest garden being developed by Love Your Garden was a makeover for a lady in Fareham and Raymond Brown were pleased to organise for one of our 6-wheel grab lorries and driver to collect the concrete.
The episode will be aired within the next few months on ITV.

Raymond Brown donate two tonnes of Topsoil to Sarisbury Green Junior School Allotment

Raymond Brown visited Sarisbury Green Junior School with one of our Grab lorries to donate two tonnes of BS topsoil, enabling the school to start their allotment renovation project.

The school were provided with their allotment earlier this year and have been requesting support from local businesses so that they can develop it.  They are the first school within Hampshire County to have their own allotment and a group of Year 6 students are putting together a gardening club to work on it.

The school’s new gardening club is overseen by two parent volunteers Mr Ben Kimble and Mrs Maria Kimble and the children have named themselves “SJS Ground Force”, putting together a presentation which they gave in an assembly, asking for volunteers, out of the 360 students, they now have 48 volunteers.

Mrs Kimble stated that the allotment would be renovated by both children and volunteer parents and would eventually grow fruit and vegetables and that there would also be flowers planted for the bees and wildlife.

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.