Netherlands / Belgium – Eindhoven-based waste management group Van Gansewinkel is purchasing the Belgium solid waste management activities of counterpart Veolia Environmental Services, including a number of recycling operations.
With approximately 450 employees and 140 vehicles, Veolia Belgium generates an annual turnover of almost Euro 100 million. Veolia’s solid waste operations are spread along the country’s entire waste management chain, with approximately 13 000 customers.
The acquired activities are complementary to those of Van Gansewinkel Belgium and provide the company with a strong market position in Wallonia, Limburg and the Brussels region. Veolia Environmental Services had acquired these activities from Biffa in 2006, since when financial results have improved considerably.
The deal covers nine sites, with a landfill site in Waals-Brabant. The collection, processing and recycling operations are to be integrated into Van Gansewinkel’s three regions in Belgium. The landfill site will become part of Van Gansewinkel Groep’s A&G which has two landfill sites in the Netherlands and specialises in soil decontamination and remediation. The company converts the waste materials that are released from this process into secondary building materials.
Wouter Dewulf, Director of Van Gansewinkel Belgium, France, Luxembourg, comments: ‘This operation brings together two players on the Belgian waste and environmental management market. Together we want to give as much waste as possible a second life in the form of raw materials. The activities of the two parties complement each other and the companies also complement one another in a geographical sense, which will increase efficiency that will benefit customers. In Belgium, we are now well positioned to achieve further growth.’