Biffa Waste Services first came into existence in 1912 when the company was called Richard Biffa Ltd, writes Timothy Byrne, author of A Pictorial History of Biffa Waste Services dry and liquid waste collection vehicles.
The book reviews some of the most interesting eras in the development of the UK private sector waste management industry, in terms of vehicle and equipment innovation.
Richard Biffa Junior joined the business in the late 1950s, and then in the 1960s introduced the use of skip loader vehicles, for the collection of commercial and industrial waste.
The business grew from then, and in 1971 Biffa was acquired by British Electric Traction (BET) and became known as Biffa Waste Services. Biffa became a national waste management company, springing from roots in High Wycombe and London, to having dry and liquid waste service centres.
Biffa Waste Services retained its’ Head Office at High Wycombe, as well as a dry and liquid waste service centre at High Wycombe. It then successfully developed a national network of controlled landfill sites, waste transfer stations and hazardous waste treatment facilities.
Richard Biffa Junior was also one of the founding members of the National Association of Waste Disposal Contractors (NAWDC), when the organization was set up in the late 1960s to maintain high quality standards in the waste industry, and to comply with pieces of legislation such as the Control of Poisonous Substances Act 1972 and the Control of Pollution Act 1974.
Some of the waste management companies which Biffa Waste Services acquired over the late 1970s to the 2000s were also members of NAWDC.
“My book covers the development of Biffa’s fleet of dry and liquid waste collection vehicles from the late 1970s to the 2000s,” says Byrne. “It contains the key acquisitions made by Biffa of UK waste management companies.
The ownership of Biffa by British Electric Tractions (BET), the development of Biffa’s Belgian subsidiary and later on the acquisition of Biffa by Severn Trent Water plc are also covered. It shows how Biffa became the UK’s leading waste management company, providing sustainable waste management solutions for both its commercial and public sector clients.
“I felt it was important to write a book covering Biffa’s developments during this period, to respect the people involved in Biffa Waste Services through this era of the company’s development,” says Byrne. “I also felt it was important to map the developments Biffa made over this era, for both the present and future generations of waste managers to refer to as a point of reference.”
A Pictorial History of Biffa Waste Services dry and liquid waste collection vehicles by Timothy Byrne is available direct from the author. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Timothy Byrne has been interested in waste transportation vehicles ever since he was four years old. He remembers all the national and regional waste management companies that existed from the late 70s to the year 2000.
He has an extensive collection of photographs and slides, illustrating dry and liquid waste collection vehicles, operated by companies including Biffa.
Bryne has a degree in Wastes Management from the University of Northampton, is a Chartered Waste Manager (MCIWM) through the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, and is International Waste Manager certified by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).
He has worked in a variety of roles in the industry for many years, and currently works as an International Waste Management consultant.
His new book has been supported by Sid Sadique, chairman of NRG Fleet Services Ltd, a leading fleet management specialist in the UK.