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Waste Recycling Partnership Aids Environmental Performance for Local Businesses

The new year sees a new partnership between two of the region’s most environmentally-focused businesses, Esh Group & Wallsend-based O’Brien Waste Recycling. The rolling contract, estimated at 500K annually, will see O’Brien deliver a range of skip and bin waste recycling services for Esh’s North East based construction work including it’s own offices in Durham.

Most businesses recognise that environmental performance and corporate social responsibility are becoming a key differentiator, but Durham-based Esh are particularly ahead of the curve in this regard with a series of schemes underway to support and engage with communities, clients and their own workforce. O’Brien Waste Recycling was successful in securing the partnership due to it’s own ethical business ethos which is underpinned by thorough waste sorting processes designed to extract as many recyclables from commercial waste as possible. This is achieved with a combination of manual and automated processes.

Central to the deal is the delivery of a series of KPIs to measure performance. This is facilitated by a dedicated O’Brien account manager who works closely with staff at Esh to improve environmental performance via a combination of analytics and education initiatives.  This ‘working in partnership’ approach is what sets O’Brien Waste Recycling apart from its regional and national competitors.

Simon Park, Energy & Environmental Advisor at Esh commented: “Businesses should know where their waste is going and should ensure their waste recycling partner is going the extra mile to help them raise their levels of recycling.  As such we are delighted to be working with O’Brien. Waste Management is one of the pillars of our Summit 2026 Strategy. Our goal is to send zero non-hazardous materials to landfill by 2026 and to aid our progression to a circular economy.”

David Bennett, Sales & Marketing Director at O’Brien concludes: “Standards are rightly being raised all of the time as is the expectation of what waste companies should offer. The provision of waste services goes beyond simply supplying a business with a bin or a skip and picking them up when they are full.  Businesses should expect more. They are looking for a business partner to help them identify improvements in their waste recycling performance via a combination of industry expertise and innovation.  We greatly admire Esh’s approach to business and are grateful to be a part of their journey.”

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