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Recruitment Opportunities

Our people are responsible & accountable team players.
In striving to work smarter, their personal attributes include tenacity, resilience, & a “can do” attitude.

We are looking for new team members within a number of different functions, but in particular:

Our drivers don’t only transport skips they are our customer-facing contact and therefore our ambassadors.

Having invested heavily in a new shredder, we seek an operator who will take as much pride in their work & the machinery in their care, as we do.

If you are interested in joining a growing team, dedicated to helping its customers in renewing our region’s valuable, scarce resources through recycling, we want to talk to you.

Please send a CV/letter outlining your work, history and tell us why we should meet you to:
HR Manager,
Widnes Skip & Reclaim,
Ditton Road,
(No Agencies)


Landfill Directive Changes – two weeks in

From 30th October 2007, landfill sites have not been permitted to accept untreated waste as the final part of the Landfill Directive is implemented.

Tipping at a Landfill  Business waste producers will either need to treat their own waste or ensure it is treated by someone else before the final disposal at a landfill site.

Treatment is defined as “physical, thermal, chemical or biological processes (including sorting) that change the characteristics of waste in order to reduce its volume or hazardous nature, facilitate its handling or enhance recovery.”

You can do this yourself in simple ways such as collecting recyclable wastes separately – card, plastic, metals etc and making sure they are sent to a suitable recycling/reprocessing company.

The Environment Agency publication “Treatment of non-hazardous wastes for landfill” , sets out the regulatory requirements in a fairly simple way giving examples of several types of waste stream and accepted good practice.

Despite plenty of warning that the regulations will be implemented, it would seem that many businesses have been caught short. The emphasis is very much on the producer of the waste to get it right – this is how it should be.

What we have seen so far is little movement from small businesses to enquire what Widnes Skips is doing with their waste. The larger customers have, as expected, have requested breakdown of recovery/recycling rates to meet their obligation.

Widnes Skips sorts and separates all waste received at their transfer station at Ditton Road. We send over 80% of waste on for reprocessing or recycling. Less than 20% of waste is disposed of at a landfill site. This exceeds the requirements of the directive.

Our transfer station can accept many commercial, construction/demolition, domestic and light industrial waste streams. Call us and see if we can help improve your business’ environmental performance.

Widnes Skips to Recycling Forefront with Dig A Crusher

Dig-a-crush PR

Construction and demolition waste makes up a large percentage of waste received at our Ditton Road site. Widnes Skips have invested in a new Dig a Crush 1200 bucket. The excavator mounted mobile crusher unit crushes brick and concrete to produce a hardcore product.

Continued investment into new and improved equipment ensures that our recycling rate continues to be impressive.

This month to date our rate is 86% which means that only 14% of waste received is sent to landfill.

The Worsley Plant Press Release

A Cheshire-based skip hirer and waste management specialist has demonstrated its commitment to recycling and the environment with the purchase of a New Dig A Crusher 1200 excavator-mounted jaw crusher attachment. Supplied by Worsley Plant, the new unit – the largest in the four-model Dig A Crusher line-up – joins an existing fleet of Dig A Crusher 900s operated by Widnes Skip & Reclaim Ltd.

Widnes Skip & Reclaim, the long-established Cheshire-based skip hirer and waste management specialist, has underlined its faith in the Dig A Crusher excavator-mounted crusher bucket attachment with the purchase of its fourth unit. The company has just taken delivery of a new Dig A Crusher 1200, the largest in the four-model range and has put it to work immediately alongside its three existing Dig A Crusher 900 units.

Long-Established Company
Widnes Skip and Reclaim in its present form has been established for just five years but the company can trace its waste/transport roots back to the 1930s when the company was founded by Fred Prescott who operated one tractor and a wagon. The company grew from there and in the 1960’s had up to 80 employees. The company was carried on by Harold Prescott and now in the control of his son, Nick Prescott.

The company continues to run a large and impressive skip hire fleet with sizes ranging from 2 cu yd to 40 cu yd and including open, enclosed and compactor units for a variety of applications. More impressively, the company’s recycling centre receives more than 1,500 tonne of commercial, industrial and domestic waste each week, of which around 80 – 90 percent is recycled, supplying top soil and crushed brick hard core back to local customers.

“Despite the fact that we’re in the waste business, less than 15 percent of all materials received at our recycling facility find their way to landfill,” says transport manager Don Bradfield. “In fact, we consider landfill to be a last resort. Only materials that cannot be reused or recycled are truly considered waste.” This commitment to recycling is borne out by the gradual eradication of “waste” month-on-month which saw the company recycle more than 91 percent of all inputs during May 2007.

An End to Blockages
It is the company’s ongoing commitment to resources efficiency and waste reduction that first led it to purchase a Dig A Crusher 900, a 0.75 m3 capacity unit that is suitable for excavators in the 21 to 30 tonne operating weight class. “Construction and demolition waste makes up a large part of our waste inputs and we needed something that could process it quickly and effectively,” Bradfield continues. “Dedicated mobile crushers are fine but they’re very expensive to buy and to run and they also require a loading machine and a separate rehandling machine. With the Dig A Crusher, we can handle everything with just a single machine.”

Bradfield’s comments are echoed by machine operator, Dennis Aherne. “The Dig A Crusher just eats everything we throw at it. Even steel reinforcing bar doesn’t slow it down,” he says. “Best of all, jams and crusher bridging is now a thing of the past. On the rare occasions we do experience a blockage, we simply turn the bucket upside-down and the materials just fall out.”

On the subject of maintenance, company fitter Howard Moss is also a huge fan of the Dig A Crusher machines. “In a year of operation, we went through one belt and one set of jaws. Considering what we put through it, that really is remarkable,” he contends. “But the new 1200 is an even more amazing tool. It eats everything, including concrete telegraph poles.”

But the final word on the new 1200 is rightly from Denis Aherne, the man directly responsible for maintaining optimum productivity through the new Dig A Crusher 1200.

“We have no worries about what we put through it, it will crush anything we can put in it including concrete and rebar. Brick rubble is so easy, it doesn’t even slow it down,” he concludes. It really is a cracking good tool.”

Further information from:
Sean Heron,
Worsley Plant Ltd.
Tel: 01606 835544

A Brief History

Widnes Skip & Reclaim Ltd has been established since 1999 but the Prescott family has been involved in the waste transport industry since 1930.

Fred Prescott started the business in the 1930’s with one tractor and one wagon and was the first in the Northwest UK to introduce the “Dempster Dumpster” waste container which can be described as the forefather of the modern day skip.
The business has been handed down three generations and has been involved in all aspects of road transportation and skip hire.

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Under the management of Nick Prescott, the Company has diversified into recovery of waste. Our Recycling Center in Widnes takes in large quantities of commercial, industrial and household waste. We regularly achieve recovery rates of over 80%, meaning less than 20% of waste is disposed of to landfill