Growing North East business celebrates 50th employee

28 June 2024 by CSG

A thriving Teesside business that specialises in processing industrial waste has hit a significant landmark by welcoming its 50th member of staff.

Leading waste management company CSG acquired the assets of Wilton Waste in 2010 and Harpers Environmental Services Ltd out of administration in 2012.

At the time, the business had just four employees, including one driver.

CSG has since grown the business sustainably – and, this week, their headcount hit 50 for the first time.

Regional Business Manager Craig Dufferwiel transferred to CSG through the acquisition 12 years ago.

He said: “The transformation of the business since the takeover has been dramatic and a privilege to be part of.

“After stabilising the business in the first couple of years, we initially set ourselves a target of £1 million turnover, so to reach a profit of £1.5 million last year was a fantastic achievement.

“Increasing our number of staff was also a key driver and to bring in our 50th full-time equivalent employee is a significant milestone. This has included the employment of seven apprentices through training schemes and into skilled jobs.

“We have further plans for growth as we continue to offer the industrial waste disposal services that are much needed in the North East.”

An Engineering Manager has been brought in to reduce third-party maintenance costs, while a new Operator has been hired to work within the treatment plant.

Over the last 12 years, £1.8m has been spent on the site improving the plant, building new processes, increasing storage levels and putting more civils infrastructure in place. In addition, CSG has invested £2.4m on specialist vehicles to safely transport waste around the region.

The business specialises in processing and correctly disposing of oily water, interceptor waste, marine waste, engine oil and coolants from manufacturers primarily in Teesside, Newcastle and North Yorkshire.

The transfer station, meanwhile, focuses on the safe handling of hazardous wastes, including paints and solvents. The transport business now has 14 drivers and one driver apprentice.

Keen to support the local community as well as the economy, CSG sponsors football clubs in Redcar and Darlington, is a member of the North East of England Process Industry Cluster, Tees and Hartlepool Port Users Association and has donated money to Tees River Rescue.

CSG also operates a barge on the River Tees which provides a 24 hour service collecting waste oils from boats in dock at Teesport.

Craig said: “I am really proud of the way that CSG has grown to support both businesses and the local community in the North East – and there are plans for further expansion in the years to come.”

CSG has submitted a planning application for a £40 million new process plant in Teesside, creating 20 new jobs, including operators, chemists and engineers.

CSG is a privately-owned company and posted a £100m turnover for the first time in its most recent accounts. The business employs more than 600 people nationally, supporting a national network of waste treatment and recovery centres.