Suez Recycling and Recovery UK

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Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Limited
Limited company
Industry Utilities
Founded 1988
Headquarters United Kingdom
Products Waste management
Parent Suez Environnement

Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Limited, formerly SITA UK, is a British waste management company, established in 1988. It was previously called Sitaclean Technology.[1] It began as a provider of local authority services, with its first municipal services contract in Erewash, Derbyshire in 1989. Suez has expanded its business through a combination of new contracts, joint venture partnerships and acquisitions.[2][3][4]

Suez serves over 12 million people and handles more than 9 million tonnes of domestic, commercial and industrial waste through a network of recycling, composting, energy-from-waste and landfill facilities.

Suez is a growing producer of energy, generating, electricity from landfill gas as well as the combustion of waste and recently became the UK's first producer of biomethane transport fuel made from landfill gas.[5] Suez's landfill sites account for about three per cent of the UK's renewable energy generation.


In 1999, SITA UK won a 25-year waste management contract for Surrey County Council.[6] Revenue then grew from £50m in 1990 to over £100m in 1995 and £350m by 1999.[7]

SITA UK is now a recycling and resource management company and provider of services to local authorities and businesses. SITA UK is now part of the Suez Environment business, which focuses on sustainable development. In July 2008, following the merger between SUEZ and Gaz de France (GDF), Suez became a listed group on the Brussels and Paris stock exchanges.[8]

In 2013 municipal biodegradeable waste diversion targets put pressure on local authorities to find alternatives to landfill.[9] The company is developing landfill replacement facilities other technologies, including anaerobic digestion, in-vessel composting, mechanical biological treatment and both conventional energy-from-waste and gasification.[10][11][12]

Suez Communities Trust[edit]

Suez Communities Trust was created in 1997 to support community and environmental projects using funds from SITA UK's landfill tax. The trust provides funding for a wide range of schemes and was the first environmental body accredited by ENTRUST, the Government regulator for organisations distributing grants from the Landfill Communities fund.[13]

Since 1997 the Trust has supported more than 2,000 projects to a combined value of more than £74 million. The Trust provides funding through its two schemes, Enhancing Communities and Enriching Nature.[14]

Enhancing Communities is a programme for community improvement projects within three miles of qualifying waste processing sites owned by SITA UK. Enriching Nature is a programme supporting biodiversity conservation projects within ten miles of any landfill site in England.


  1. ^ "SITA UK Ltd Maidenhead, Berks SL6 1ES". Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "SITA wins new waste management contract for Bristol". 10 April 2001. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cornwall signs 30-year PFI contract with SITA UK". 17 October 2006. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Neill resigns as United Waste disappears into SITA brand". Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Gasrec announces launch of Albury liquid biomethane plant". Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to Surrey Waste Management". Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Suez reveals 2008 growth for SITA UK". Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "NYSE, New York Stock Exchange > About Us > News & Events > News Releases > Press Release 07-22-2008". Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Defra, UK - Environmental Protection - Recycling and waste". Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "SITA UK unveils plans for Surrey IVC facility". 21 January 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  11. ^ Gary Mayson; general manager; SITA Energy Solutions (26 August 2010). "SITA UK establishes energy recovery division". Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  12. ^ Perthshite Advertiser, 29 June 2010: Sita UK Show Plans for Gasification Facility at Binn Farm Landfill Site, Accessed 12 February 2013
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  14. ^ "Retired cows on to second career as wildlife conservation helpers". The RSPB. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 

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