Environmental Innovation Award for Waste Managers

24 August 2010 by Daryl Tunningley

Fareham-based waste management specialists Cleansing Service Group (CSG) have been voted Hampshire’s most innovative company.

CSG, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, scooped the Bond Pearce Innovation Award at last week’s Hampshire Business Awards ceremony after judges praised the company’s commitment to environmental waste management.

Beating off strong competition, CSG gained the award for their introduction of three pioneering waste recovery techniques announced during the past year – the first-ever UK process to recover nickel of 99.9 per cent purity from complex waste generated by the metal plating industry, a process for treating hazardous contaminated industrial wipes so that they can be reused or safely land-filled, and a new process for the treatment of preservative-impregnated timber so that it can be disposed of in non-hazardous landfill.

All three processes resulted from research carried out by CSG chemists at the company’s advanced waste treatment centre near Manchester.

Nick Page, chairman of award sponsor Bond Pearce, said: “CSG stood out as the winner for its three innovative processes to recover or recycle valuable components from waste.

“Its clear support of the environment was a key factor in our decision. The business has proved that innovation is alive and well in Hampshire, which is exactly what we set out to demonstrate and celebrate.”

The award was part of a triple triumph for CSG who became the only company in the 19-year history of the Hampshire awards to win nominations in all three categories. As well as winning the Innovation title, they were also runners-up in the Hampshire Company of the Year, and Management Team of the Year categories.