We’re a leading company. For good reason.
Did you know we’re one of the UK’s leading waste cooking oil recycling companies? In fact, we help to reduce carbon emissions and support the worldwide commitment to renewables and sustainability, recycling 100% of all collected waste.
We’ve been around a while. Established in Hull in 1987, the company soon expanded and moved to a 10-acre site in North Cave, East Yorkshire where you’ll still find us today, although somewhat bigger and even better. As the company continued to grow, so did our innovation, eventually developing technology to move into blending oils for biodiesel.
Back in 2016 we developed a unique oil blend to produce ‘green’ electricity, branded RE360, converting oils to generate fuels for generators and CHP systems to power local schools and businesses. Our RE360 fuel is now being sought after to provide combined heat and power as it gives a fantastic cycle of waste to green electricity and heat.
The impact? By replacing fossil fuels with biofuels, every litre of biofuel produced from waste saves approximately 2.8kg of carbon. In fact, our renewable energy delivers a carbon reduction in excess of 84%.
As a company, we’re committed to continually cutting our carbon emissions and improving the environment, demonstrated by our Investors in the Environment Green award (the highest level achievable).
As part of our continuous improvement programme and consistent growth plans, we launched our biogas facility in 2017, enabling us to convert food waste into green energy.
Our plant is currently capable of producing enough green energy to power around 11,000 homes. Processing up to 60,000 tonnes of food waste every year, the biogas facility supplies 3.5MW of electricity to the national grid.
Today we continue to make improvements in our energy efficiency and environmental practices.
After a significant investment into the business during 2020, we’re set to achieve our growth strategy which includes, as part of our North Cave site rebuild, an additional process capacity to a huge 5,000M3, enabling us to process increased volumes to meet increased customer demand.
Research and development is a significant part of our success. With a deep rooted ambition to innovate, finding and processing solutions and meet specification standards, positioning us as market leaders. Further investment is allowing greater flexibility and wider capability for us to meet customer requirements.
Investment in our logistic department is enabling an expansion in our fleet and service level rise. Increased levels of investment have also been dedicated to developing our business process, removing reliance on paperwork to instead operating via a bespoke App utilising QR and scanning technology. This improvement in practices is bringing live data straight into our operating system.
Our team are the heart of our business, demonstrated by their enduring commitment to the company in times of crisis and we recognise ongoing training and development to be the key to our success. Health and safety, ISCC (a sustainability certification system) and environmental and food health are at the forefront of our personnel development. A greater focus has also been on nurturing our team through leadership development.
During a time when businesses nationwide faced uncertain times, rather than make staff redundant, we continued to grow. In 2020, the management team expanded to welcome Neil Taylor as the new managing director and Iain Jennison as Finance Director. The expansion of the team brought additional skills, experience and knowledge to our team.
These appointments, alongside wider recruitment to support our growth, demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement, adding value to both customers and the environment.
Our resilience, determination and innovative approach are evident not only in our continued success as a business but in the way we’ve bounced back following the devastating Christmas Day fire in 2019 and continued support to customers and the food manufacturing supply chain during the global pandemic.
As the lockdown continues, we’re still here supporting food manufacturers across the country by collecting, removing and recycling their used unwanted cooking oils, fats and greases. Many of our team are also juggling homeschooling children, which got us thinking…
Recycling, the environment and sustainability aren’t only important topics for us, they’re hugely important topics for children to learn about. So here are some fun activities that they can do to learn more at home, and help you out if you’re looking for activities to keep them occupied!
10 challenges to connect with recycling, the environment and sustainability:
Here at Brocklesby we’re all about recycling. In fact, did you know? We don’t believe in landfill and are committed to recycling 100% of all collected waste, including food waste, to create renewable energy, green electricity and biofuel. By doing our bit for the environment, we’re able to help other companies do theirs.
Trash can challenge – Recycle your rubbish to make an instrument or game! You could use rubber bands to make a guitar, some cardboard tubes to make a trumpet or plastic bottles to make a bowling game! Have a look here if you need some inspiration.
Recycling superheroes – Take a look at East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Recycling Superheroes activity series and meet their two superhero bears, Eric and Erica. Have a go at the missions and design your own recycling superhero!
Make compost – Take a look at the Eco-Friendly Kids website and have a go at creating your own home compost. This is a great way to recycle natural waste.
Junk boats – One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! Design and build a boat using materials from your recycling – do you think it will float? Test it out in a bucket of water and then try again – see which designs work the best. Here are some ideas to get you started.
My local area map – Hop on your bike, grab your scooter or get your walking shoes ready and head out to explore where you live. Have you discovered any new places? Draw your route to make a map of your local area and describe what you saw along the way.
We love our planet – Create three flashcards with your top 3 tips for helping our plant as the world recovers from the virus. Design each flashcard in a poster style and use them to record a short video (1 min max.) explaining your top tips. Here are some suggestions.
Renewable vs. nonrenewable energy – Research which energy types are renewable or nonrenewable. List the differences you discover and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Which ones do you like the sound of the most? Here’s a link to a video to get you started.
Reflection – Grab a used glass jar before it goes into the recycle bin to create your own self-praise jar. You could decorate it with paints, glitter or ribbon – whatever you like! Each day before you go to bed, write down something you’re really proud of yourself for doing that day. It could be something hard you learned in maths, or it could be that you were kind to your brother or sister. At the end of the week, empty the jar with your family and talk about all the positive things you did.
Confidence – Write a poem about recycling and how important it is to be kind to the Earth. You could even perform it for your family!
Sustainable stories – With us all being home these last few months rather than traveling around, the environment has seen some positive changes. Write a list of all the things you have done differently since lockdown began and how these may have helped the environment. Use your list to write a story. It could feature characters from your local wildlife or you and your family. You may find these articles interesting: Coronavirus lockdown triggers giant experiment in how animals live without us | The Daily Telegraph The positive impacts on the environment since the coronavirus lockdown began | Evening Standard 7 ways the planet is healing, thanks to global lockdown | Country Living
Most importantly, have fun, get creative and dive in to explore science!
As the world responds to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we’re continuing to play an important part in helping food manufacturers and food outlets feed the nation.
The health and safety of our team, our customers and our community is our utmost priority. Some of our staff will be working from home where possible and our teams on the road will work to the highest health and safety standards as we continue to support food manufacturers and food outlets across the country.
Thanks to the hard work and commitment from our incredible team, the clean up operation following a large fire at our site on Christmas Day is almost complete. Our services have been able to run as usual thanks to the swift efforts of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service who were able to retain the fire to one area, resulting in our processing operation being unaffected.
On Christmas Day, a large fire took hold at our North Cave site. Thankfully, the fire posed no immediate risk to the public, no one was injured or harmed and the police and fire service were swift to respond. The fire is now out and work is underway to begin the clean up operation.
This is a shocking, devastating incident for the company and everyone who works here. Despite the impact of the fire, there will be no job losses as a result and all staff are returning to work as planned.
Thanks to the actions by crews and staff at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Humberside Police, while the site has suffered significant damage, it is business as usual while the clean up takes place and we hope to be back up and running as normal very soon.
We are continuing to work closely with the fire investigators to confirm the circumstances and cause of this fire.
We have a great team here at Brocklesby and many members of staff have returned to work early to get us back to normal as quickly as possible.
Following reports on local news yesterday, we can confirm there was a fire on Christmas Day at our North Cave site. We would like to thank Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and Humberside Police for their swift response to the incident. The fire posed no immediate risk to the public and thankfully no one was injured or harmed.
We cannot confirm at this time how the fire started however we are working with the police and fire service as the investigation continues to understand what happened.
We would like to reassure our staff and customers that business service will continue whilst we make the necessary changes.
Greenpower Eduction Trust give young people an exciting, real life challenge with a proven track record in sparking an interest in engineering. The aim is to inspire young people to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) studies.
The challenge is to design, build and race an electric car.
Brocklesby are proud to have provided sponsorship to a local school, North Cave Primary School, which has allowed them to purchase the kit to build an IET Formula Goblin.
Unfortunately, the car was not completed in time to compete in the annual race this year but the school is hoping to participate in 2019.
On Saturday our Managing Director, Robert, and his Partner Claire, braved a 40 metre free fall abseil off Larpool Viaduct in Whitby to help raise funds for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I.)
R.A.B.I. offer financial support to farming people of all ages, in times of hardship. You can find out more about them at R.A.B.I.
It’s safe to say Rob is in no rush to do another one!