With the help of Indie Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, people, businesses, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: Ellgia Recycling.
Explore Indie Cambridge - Ellgia Recycling
When Ellgia Recycling launched in 2011 it consisted of Steve Crook, his phone, a driver and a skip wagon. But in the past eight years, thanks to Steve’s business acumen, technical knowhow and unwavering belief, Ellgia’s growth has been nothing short of meteoric.
Today it boasts 120 staff, 70 front-line vehicles and a turnover of around £27m. Refreshingly, though Ellgia possesses the capabilities of a national company like Biffa or Veolia, it remains independent and family-run. Indeed, its very title is simply an amalgamation of Steve’s daughter’s names, Ella and Georgia.
Ellgia provides waste management recycling solutions and skip hire to businesses, trade and home-owners, and so innovative is it in these processes that zero waste goes to landfill. Quite a feat when you consider what the team has to ‘manage’, from skips loaded with household rubbish to trade waste. They achieve this by segregating the waste, extracting valuable paper, metals and aggregates, then creating two fuel streams, RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel), used at power stations, and SRF (Solid Recovered Fuel), used in cement kilns.
Thanks to their state-of-the-art recycling solutions, and excellent customer service, Ellgia boasts a roster of large clients, including Addenbrooke’s Hospital, British Sugar and Doncaster Rover FC’s Keepmoat Stadium; they were named Independent Operator of the Year 2018 at the MRW National Recycling Awards, and this year, won an accolade for their investment in plant and people. Success very well deserved!
Unit 7, Lancaster Way
Ely CB6 3NW
Telephone 01223 322799
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