Newry waste management company set for growth

A Newry-based waste management company is poised for expansion following its acquisition by an international leader in the industry.

SCL Waste Services have been acquired by the multi-national environmental services operator Vivendi Environment. The deal will lead to employment growth, inward investment and an expansion in waste management and recycling services across Northern Ireland.

Newry will be the head office for the expanded operation and the company will trade under the new name of SCL Onyx. The name change will allow the company to capitalise on the international brand reputation of Onyx – a Vivendi subsidiary.

Morgan Toner, General Manager of SCL Waste Services, said: “We’re looking to become the number one player in Northern Ireland. Onyx is the only worldwide operator that can provide a wide spectrum of services across the management sector.”

SCL Waste Services becomes part of the world’s third largest operator in waste management, and the largest in Ireland with an Onyx worldwide turnover of €5.9 billion in 2001.

Onyx provides tailored solutions for domestic and industrial waste collection, municipal and industrial cleaning, recycling, composting, landfilling, and liquid waste. The acquisition is a vote of confidence in a local operator that has been at the forefront of waste handling technology.

SCL Waste Services was acquired by husband and wife team Morgan and Oonagh Toner in 1997 following a management buyout. The company had been originally established by Oonagh’s father, Michael Hughes, and was previously known as Sludge Clearance Limited.


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