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Development Chief In Call for Better Waste Facility Planning

Local authorities in London should develop a more strategic approach to waste facilities planning, according to an influential figure in the city’s Sustainable Industries Park.

Mark Bradbury, formerly deputy director of development at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, believes the success of the waste management plan in London has been hampered by its lack of coordination.

Now the managing director of consultancy Vertical Thinking, Bradbury told trade publication MRW that planning can currently appear to be a random process. He said: “If they move from a waste management plan to an economic development plan, they are more likely to look at a more coordinated strategic approach.”

Bradbury’s proposal was welcomed by Orion Waste, a waste management and resource recovery service operating throughout the South East of England.

A spokesperson said: “We completely agree with Mark Bradbury’s assessment of waste facilities planning in the London area and would support his call for a more strategic approach.

“The waste management industry has undergone dramatic change in recent years and it is vital that local authorities understand the economic and environmental benefits of an integrated waste facilities plan.”

Orion provides a full business waste collection service to a huge variety of commercial customers including construction companies, retail malls and stores, industrial estates, hotels, factories and offices.

With the capability to dispose of mixed waste, glass, metal, paper, cardboard or food waste, Orion has the experience and expertise to identify the best recycling, reuse or disposal system to lessen any environmental impact and keep costs to a minimum.

Orion’s range of commercial recycling services includes compactor and baler hire, which are the most cost-effective means of dealing with commercial and trade waste handling needs, as well as producing a lower carbon footprint. With over 1000 contracted clients and its own fleet of collection vehicles, Orion also offers roll-on-roll-off container hire for large scale building projects or high volume waste, as well as skip hire, bag and bin collections, and office and site clearances.

For more information about the range of commercial recycling services offered by Orion Waste, visit

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