Our Story So Far

As of 17th December 2018, Red Industries acquired the share capital of The Environmental Resource Group (ERG). The acquisition brings together two very successful waste management companies to form a stronger waste management operator, strengthening our combined position in the market place and providing customers with access to a wider variety of waste services and associated ancillary products.

2017 saw a record year in the Group’s financial performance

Further development and expansion of our innovative Transfrontier European Shipment routes for waste-to-energy

Successful transition of the 9001 and 14001 management systems to the 2015 standards

Installation of unique and innovative thermal imaging cameras at our main Brownhills facility to monitor waste temperatures

The introduction of a weekend operations shift, making the Brownhills facility operational 7 days per week

New laboratory installed at our Envirosol Brownhills facility

Solar panels to power the head office project began

Fleet Operators Licence increased to 25 HGV’s

Our Chemsafe specialised container fleet increases by over another 150 units

CIS expanded operations staff to create three expert industrial cleaning teams, integrating our site services division

ERG once again hosts a fire brigade training day in November to help firefighters vital training for chemical emergencies

ERG raises over £1000 for Reverse Rett charity and continues its support of MacMillan & Children In Need

Steve Deakin re-joined as Group Facilities Manager

Akter Uddin promoted to Group Commercial & Technical Manager

Stanley Mugabe is the first person through our ‘learn-as-you-work’ programme, obtaining a first class honours degree in Computer Science.  This programme will be further explored within 2017.

Chemtech Industrial Services – extra operational resource and plant & equipment added throughout the year in response to strong organic growth and service demand.

The acquisition of Boxclever Total Waste Management Limited. Previously we operated as a minor shareholder, with the acquisition of the entire issued share capital completing in December 2016 and the business becoming an ERG group company.

2016 saw the commencement of our HGV fleet revision, by the end of 2017 we will have replaced all collection and operational vehicles for new.

2016 saw more sustainable waste-to-energy routes coming on-stream, giving our clients further options of unique initiatives throughout Europe

Further expansion of our internal and external sales teams, with focus on our north-east and south-west regions.

Significant investment in our internal laboratory facilities. 

ERG acquire a further 45% of the specialist Industrial and Environmental Services offering, bringing the Group's equity stake to 90%. The revised brand will be known as 'Chemtech Industrial Services.'


Paul Gatcliffe becomes Group Managing Director and Andy Williams, Resource and Disposal Director.


After a decade of the Group subscribing passionately to its strapline - 'your visionary business partner' the Group took the bold decision to change it to recognise its strategic future.

'transforming hazardous waste into sustainable resource' was emphatically adopted by the ERG family and makes an equally passionate statement to its clients, staff, suppliers and to industry outlining our revised strategy, ideology, intent and commitment to a trans-frontier, recycling & recovery European destined future.

Such a bold revision has been  received, understood and respected by our target audience.


Based on financial data, we were acknowledged by Catalyst Corporate Finance as a top 50 growing company within the waste and recycling industry

Acquisition of Hazchem Waste Disposal completed - providing a third environment agency permitted facility in the South East of the UK

Acquisition of Lamp Recycling Company Limited - a specialist WEEE recycling business

Acquisition of 20% equity in Boxclever Contracting Limited - one of the UK’s largest hazardous waste service providers of ‘on-site’ waste management services

Expansion of the physio-chemical treatment plant (at Brownhills facility) - doubling of historic treatment capacity

ERG Topco celebrates its 10th birthday!

Envirosol once again helps fire brigade with hazardous facility training exercises

Peter Cohen (former PHS Group CEO) appointed as ERG’s Strategic Advisor

Innovative & pioneering trans-frontier shipments (TFS) approved for Group to facilitate the transfer of wastes to Europe for recovery and recycling

Bespoke technical database continues to develop year on year into a total business management KPI infrastructure programme - investment to date stands at over £400,000

Opening of a bulk solid waste depacking centre at the Brownhills facility

Organic sales revenues growth continues to perform in excess of 10%

The provision of services in Scotland continues to grow

Installation & commissioning of the ibc container washing plant at the Brownhills facility

Chemsafe fleet reaches 700

Exotic wastes (water/air reactive cyanides) treatment plant commissioned

Recycling and recovered materials areas expansion at Brownhills facility

'The view from the clouds’ adopted & launched - an overview of the Group's core values

An outstanding recycling & recovery rate of 54.19% of all wastes received - incredible for a hazardous waste operator

Joint venture with Williams Environmental Limited supporting and managing their permitted hazardous waste facility in London, servicing the South East

Safecontractor status awarded to the ERG Group

Specialist logistics fleet continues to grow

Physiochemical treatment facility opens at Brownhills site - bringing a total investment into the Brownhills site of £7,000,000

‘React24’ emergency response service launched for environmental incidents and spillages

Milestone of 40 sales professionals selling group services reached

Paperless group quotation system introduced as part of carbon footprint reduction

Robert Fenton joins Group board as Business Services Director and Chief Strategist

Chemclear Industrial Services completes first acquistion of specialist Midlands based cleaning business - NIVC

Chris Jones joins as Managing Director of Chemclear Industrial Services

Acquisition of 20% equity in Boxclever Total Waste Management Limited - one of the UK’s largest hazardous waste brokerages & specialist container supplier

Launch of Chemclear Industrial Services Limited - a 50% joint venture of specialist industrial cleaning services with Chemclear (UK) Ltd

Acquisition of 75% equity in Blendcheck Limited - one of the UK’s most respected WAMITAB centres, waste planning, waste permitting and waste training organisations

ERG honoured at Walsall's annual enterprise champions awards

Graham Wise appointed as Group Sales Director

Safeguard Environmental Limited incorporated and began trading - supplying specialist environmental products and e-commerce website launched

Total & integrated solutions launched by Group

Northern Ireland office for Chemtech opens in Belfast

Physiochemical treatment plant begins construction at Brownhills

Incredible annual growth of 32% on previous years trading

Group accreditations achieved to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001

Planning permission granted for new waste physiochemical treatment facility at Brownhills

Commissioning of a commodities recycling/recovery section at the Brownhills facility

Envirosol Limited celebrates its 21st birthday!

Aron James appointed Group Chief Executive Officer

Chemtech ‘Chemsafe’ fleet reaches 600

ERG helps 'Dragons Den' stars raise money for Sports Relief

Chemtech Scottish office opens in Edinburgh

HGV tanker fleet expands

Paul Gatcliffe appointed MD of Chemtech & Safeguard businesses

Andy Williams appointed MD of Envirosol business

Trevor Clarke appointed as Group Operations Director after a successful career in Australia

ERG helps 'Dragon's Den' star raise money for Sports Relief

Chemtech Scottish office opens in Edinburgh

HGV tanker fleet expands


Incredible annual growth of 48% on previous years trading

Purchase of 4 acres of industrial land at national HQ (Brownhills) to build a new state-of-the-art transfer and treatment facility

Planning permission granted for new waste transfer and destruction facility at Brownhills

Bespoke technical database is conceived and development underway

Incredible annual growth of 52% on previous year's trading

Chemtech celebrates its 10th birthday!

New Corporate and Key Accounts division launched

Group relocated to 4 acre site in Brownhills as new UK headquarters

Incredible annual growth of 29% on previous year's trading

Environmental Resource Group Limited ('ERG') incorporated as Group topco

Acquisition of Envirosol Limited - a Midlands based Environment Agency permitted waste facility, now providing in-group waste transfer resource & transforming us to operator status

First vacuum tanker on fleet for bulk liquids

Specialist logistics fleet continues to grow

Chemtech contracted by MAFF (DEFRA) to work with the British Army to contain the foot & mouth epidemic

Incredible annual growth of 259% on previous years trading

Incredible annual growth of 55% on previous year's trading

Incredible annual growth of 44% on previous year's trading

Incredible annual growth of 626% on previous year's trading

Chemtech Waste adds specialist waste haulage to its portfolio

Chemtech relocated to purpose built administration headquarters

Chemtech revenues increase in first year of trading

Chemtech Waste Management Limited founded by Aron James and began trading as an Environment Agency registered waste broker

What our clients really think of us

  • “Over the 5 years, your company has consistently provided quality environmental services with excellent customer support. May our long association continue.”

    UK innovator in electronics

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  • “Excellent - keep up the good work!”

    Major West Midlands engineering group

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  • “The service provided is super. There is always a happy, helpful and polite person taking the call. I cannot fault the service provided. Thank you again.”

    Specialist automotive sector supply & support contractors

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