DCC Environmental is a market leader in non-hazardous waste management in both Scotland and the East Midlands.
In Scotland, operating under the William Tracey brand, DCC Environmental operates a comprehensive recycling infrastructure across the central belt, including one of the largest material recycling facilities in Britain in Linwood, close to Glasgow airport. During the year, Tracey further developed its infrastructure by opening a new material recycling facility on the outskirts of Edinburgh, allowing the business to better service the region. In the East Midlands, operating under the Wastecycle brand, DCC Environmental operates three material recycling facilities in Nottingham and Leicester along with a civic amenity site on behalf of Nottingham City Council. These facilities process a wide range of waste materials, collected by both company owned and third party vehicles, into valuable commodities that can be used as a substitute for virgin materials. Both William Tracey and Wastecycle also produce a fuel (from waste unsuitable for recycling) which is used in Continental European energy from waste facilities. In addition, in the East Midlands, DCC Environmental has the added capacity to process material into a fuel which is used by the British cement industry.
In hazardous waste management, also operating under the William Tracey brand, DCC Environmental is a market leader in Scotland and the north of England with three dedicated facilities providing a wide range of treatment solutions for hazardous waste. In addition, operating under the Oakwood Fuels brand, DCC Environmental is a leading national collector of waste oils. These oils are transported to Oakwood’s facility in Nottingham, where some are converted into a fuel which can be used as a substitute for heavy fuel oil and the remainder is exported to refineries in Continental Europe to process the oils into base oil that can be used to produce lubricating oil.
DCC Environmental is constantly seeking to provide new innovative solutions to waste management, extracting greater value from material historically discarded, and thereby assisting in the development of a more sustainable circular economy. An example of this, as outlined in the case study, is the manufacture of nutrient rich soil substitutes from the blending of specific waste streams.
Overall, the British business handles 1.5 million tonnes of material, the majority of which is collected by our own fleet of 248 vehicles, and 75% of all waste volumes are diverted from landfill.
DCC Environmental is leading the way in diverting waste from landfill. As noted above it produces a waste derived fuel used by both Continental European energy from waste plants and British cement kilns. Over time, DCC Environmental believe that the fuel exported to Continental Europe will be diverted to new British facilities; a notable development during the year was the completion of a supply agreement to send fuel to a facility currently under construction near Edinburgh.
Demand for waste services was strong during the year as the economy continued to develop. Recyclate prices remained weak however, impacted by the substantial fall in oil prices. The businesses successfully mitigated much of this fall, particularly in Oakwood, when it introduced new charges to waste oil collection customers and thereby successfully offset the fall in the price available for both waste oil and processed oil.
Scotland continues to lead the way in Britain in introducing new waste regulations. For example, new opportunities are arising for William Tracey by the further tightening of food waste regulations from 1 January 2016 that will reduce the threshold for businesses generating food waste to present food waste separately for collection from 50kg to 5kg. Eventually the regulations will also bring into effect a ban on biodegradable waste being sent to landfill from 2020. DCC Environmental is also positioned to benefit from new European Commission rules, such as the Circular Economy package adopted on 2 December 2015, with numerous new measures including a reuse or recycling target of 65% for all municipal waste by 2030.