Our Heritage

Our Heritage

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1957

First CW Harrision vehicles

Charles Harrison gives his son Mike and new daughter-in-law Marion four Bedford liquid waste tankers as a wedding present and C W Harrison (Western) Ltd opens for business.

1960

Business HQ moves from Bridgwater to Taunton.

1966

CW Harrison (Western) Ltd changes its name to Harrison Western Ltd.

1967

The company starts its first dry waste collection service and buys a Morris telehoist truck, nicknamed ‘The Beast’.

1972

Haul Waste

Harrison Western Ltd is acquired by English China Clay and changes its name to Haul Waste. 

1974

The Control of Pollution Act is introduced.

1979

The First Rear End Loader (REL) vehicle, a Leyland Jack Allen, is added to the fleet.

1980

Heathfield landfill

Heathfield landfill, a strategically important integrated waste management site, opens near Newton Abbot, Devon.

1983

Head office moves to Great Western House, Taunton, where it would remain for the next 29 years.

1986

Skipman acquisition

Haul Waste acquires Skip Man, including Kergilliack Quarry landfill in Falmouth and Modern Cleansing.

1987

Haul Waste’s first compliance manager, Brian Crocker, joins the company. His role includes interpretation of all new legislation.

1992

Colin Drummond is appointed Executive Director of South West Water

1993

Mike Harrison

Haul Waste is acquired by South West Water plc (later renamed Pennon Group plc).  Mike Harrison remains as general manager for one final year.

1994

Haul Waste introduces its unique Environmental Management System (EMS).  All sites are accredited to ISO14001, the highest international standard. Mike Hellings takes the helm as Managing Director.

1997/1998

A period of rapid expansion sees five acquisitions and the opening of another four new sites including Dunbar Landfill, a rail-linked disposal facility for Edinburgh’s waste. 

1999

Viridor Waste Management logo

Haul Waste Group is renamed Viridor Waste Management. Viridor comes from the latin 'to become green'

 2000

Viridor Waste Management wins the CIWM PEEL Prize Cup Award for Whitehead Landfill in Wigan.

 2005

Viridor Waste Management wins the National Award for Excellence in Waste and Recycling with Suffolk Recycling Consortium in the 'Best Partnership' category.

Kent-based Brett Waste Management is acquired.

2008

Crayford MRF

Viridor Waste Management acquires Kent-based Grosvenor. The acquisition includes Crayford Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), which remains one of the UK’s largest MRFs. The logistics team has grown to become Viridor Resource Management (VRM), trading recyclable material to UK and international markets.

2009

Viridor Waste Management drops 'waste management' from their company name moving forward as 'Viridor'

Cllr Neill Swannick and Colin Drummond

Viridor Laing (a joint venture with developer John Laing) signs a 25-year PFI contract with Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority. The £3.1 billion contract is Europe’s largest ever recycling and waste management deal and includes a £631 million construction programme

2010

Viridor wins Recycling Company of the Year at the National Recycling Awards.

Colin Drummond Undercover Boss

Colin Drummond, Chief Executive appears on Channel 4’s Undercover Boss programme.

2011

‘Transforming Waste’ is added to the Viridor brand

2012

Viridor House

Corporate head office moves from Great Western House to Viridor House (remaining in Taunton) and Scottish regional office moves to Pioneer House in Glasgow.  


Viridor’s long serving Managing Director Mike Hellings retires after 27 years at Viridor (previously Haul Waste Ltd). Under his leadership Viridor’s turnover grew from £30 million in 1994 to well over £800 million.

Colin Drummond, Chief Executive, receives an OBE for services to technology and innovation.

2013

Viridor’s Chief Executive Colin Drummond OBE announces his retirement after 20 years. Appointed as Executive Director of South West Water in 1992, Colin built up the company’s waste management business, now Viridor, following his first acquisition, Haul Waste in 1993. Ian McAulay is appointed new Chief Executive and Colin stays on as non-executive Chairman for one year.

2014

Ardley ERF

Viridor’s £1.5 billion investment in the development of a UK-wide network of Energy Recovery Facilities starts to contribute towards a lower-carbon economy as plants in Exeter, Ardley, Runcorn and Cardiff become operational.

Advanced plastic and glass recycling facilities open in Kent and Scotland respectively.

2015

Viridor opens Recycling and Resource division hub office in Central Manchester