Recycling and recovery

SUEZ Supplier Awards 2023

Some of our top sustainable suppliers joined us for our annual SUEZ Supplier Day, which took place at our Severnside energy recovery centre on Tuesday 20 February 2024.

Our marketplace provided the ideal opportunity for SUEZ colleagues to meet suppliers and learn about their services, sustainability practices and latest innovations. There was an excellent atmosphere, with plenty of discussion and sharing best practice.

This was followed by a panel discussion with members of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK’s senior management team including, Chief Executive Officer John Scanlon, Chief Financial Officer Chris Thorn, Chief Sustainability, External Affairs Director Adam Read, and Head of Procurement Rob Baillie, who answered questions from the attendees. We were also delighted to welcome Delphine Saby, Chief Procurement Officer for the global SUEZ Group, on one of her first visits to the UK in her new role.

Our annual Supplier Awards ceremony recognised and rewarded suppliers who share our values and have had an impact in 2023. There were eight award categories and 29 suppliers were nominated by colleagues across the business.


Health, safety and wellbeing

Winner: Wellness International Ltd for their support with occupational health and wellbeing, including our wellness campaigns and onboarding new employees in Milton Keynes.

Creating social value

Highly commended: Laverstoke Park Farm for the work they do processing our organic waste into compost, which is used by local authorities and charities in the south-east, as well as their excellent initiatives on sustainability on their farm and education centre.

Winner: Molson Group for their support of the HITZ programme, delivered in partnership with the Harlequins Foundation and SUEZ. The programme, which provides work experience to young people not in education (NEETs), has already led to one participant starting an engineering apprenticeship at Molsons.

Small supplier of the year

Winner: Patch Perfect Academy for their work in the upholstery pod at the Renew Hub, upcycling furniture and running workshops.


Protecting the environment

Tennants Distribution Limited for their support in delivering Adblue directly to sites, reducing the need for plastic packaging as well as costs.

Winner: R Thornton & Co Ltd for their work in deconstructing, rather than demolishing, the composting facility at Ellington, which meant the steel could be reused and the concrete crushed for reuse.

Delivering innovation

Highly commended: Contego Safety Solutions for introducing lasers to control bird numbers on site. The lasers are more efficient, save money and reduce health and safety risks.

Winner: DBS Processing Ltd for introducing powder polymer. As well as being more sustainable than liquid polymer, this switch has reduced our carbon footprint and provided savings. In addition, DBS Processing Ltd has compacted material from our road-sweeping plant, lowering its weight, which has reduced costs and the amount of water released on our sites.

Customer service

Winner: WeeShred for their support to our customers, reducing contamination in skips and supporting suppliers in urgent requests for site clearances.


Improving profitability

Winner: Avison Young for their support with business rates handling, vetting and appeals, which has saved SUEZ over £3million pounds in business rates over the past five years.

Excellent collaboration

Winner: Konecranes Demag UK Limited for their support with crane and hoist maintenance and breakdowns which, thanks to their excellent communication and collaboration, was completed to the required timescales.

Thank you to everyone who nominated suppliers for this year’s awards. We will be inviting nominations for 2024 later this year. If you have been involved in a project with SUEZ that you think should be nominated for an award, speak to your contacts at SUEZ or contact us.