Countrystyle Group

Countrystyle Group

Countrystyle Group

Countrystyle Group are waste management and recycling experts capable of handling and processing almost all forms of waste. The Group tailors the most effective waste management strategy for each business, offering a fully auditable approach which complies with all EU and Government waste legislation. Countrystyle operates a network of its own waste transfer stations and materials recovery facilities. The Group’s recycling facilities include in-vessel composting facilities, facilities for open windrow composting. Countrystyle also operates specialist facilities for plasterboard recycling and wood recycling.

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Ashford Road, Lenham, Maidstone , Kent , ME17 2DL United Kingdom
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Business Type:
Service provider
Industry Type:
Waste Management
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)
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Countrystyle Group consists of several integrated companies working in complete harmony to provide a comprehensive range of waste management & recycling services. From providing a skip hire service to one-off domestic customers to dealing with complete waste streams from large multinational companies, the capabilities of the Group are constantly expanding throughout the public and private sector.

Capable of handling and processing almost all forms of waste including WEEE and Hazardous Waste, Countrystyle tailors the most effective strategy for each business, offering a fully auditable approach which complies with all EU and Government waste legislation.
Countrystyle’s objective is simple – to help clients dispose of their waste by providing efficient and cost effective solutions and to REDUCE the harmful effects of waste on the environment by diverting it from landfill and converting it into reusable materials or carbon efficient energy.

The Group is driven by an established board of directors constantly adopting an innovative approach to modern waste management practices and investing in technology to ensure the Company is well positioned in offering sustainable solutions for dealing with nearly all forms of material.

Countrystyle operates a network of its own waste transfer stations and materials recovery facilities, where collected waste and recyclables are managed by expert operatives and customer deliveries are accepted directly for treatment. The Group’s facilities include a in-vessel composting facilities designed for local authority and commercial volumes of food waste and green waste, where green waste is recycled into a range of high quality compost and topsoil. Countrystyle also operates specialist facilities for plasterboard recycling and wood recycling.

Countrystyle offers “one stop shop solutions” which are further enhanced by its two associate companies: FGS Plant Ltd, a leading provider of both self drive and operated plant & machinery; and FGS Agri Ltd, a major supplier of agricultural contracting, utility and farm management services, also providing a valuable outlet for Countrystyle’s compost products.

From his humble beginnings on a Kentish farm, Trevor Heathcote (Chairman of Countrystyle Group, FGS Agri and FGS Plant) studied agriculture at Hadlow College and formed his first business ‘Farm and General Services’ in 1984, providing general agricultural contracting services to the farming community in rural Kent. This business grew steadily into a farming and utility contracting operation providing services to the agricultural and construction sectors, along with involvement in projects such as the construction of Kent’s high speed rail link.

During this period, Farm and General Services were approached by a Government supported agricultural advisory body with a view to trialling the composting of a difficult tomato based waste stream that was, at that time being sent to landfill. Recognising the opportunities for the treatment and composting of agricultural waste and other materials and with his agricultural background, Trevor saw the beneficial uses of composting these materials. He saw how agricultural and horticultural businesses could use the compost produced to improve soil quality, enhance crop yield and minimise the application of artificial fertilisers.

2012 - Countrystyle transfer the management and development rights of four Anaerobic Digestion sites to Tamar Energy. The deal also saw Tamar Energy take over the management and operation of six of Countrystyle’s in-vessel and open windrow composting sites in the South East and East Anglia. Countrystyle’s retained business includes a head office in Lenham, two waste transfer stations in Strood and Folkestone and a materials recovery facility in Ridham, Kent.

2011 - Countrystyle acquired Halstead Renewable Power Project with full planning permission for the development of an Anaerobic Digestion plant in Essex. The Group also acquired a further three in-vessel composting facilities from the businesses and assets of County Mulch Ltd.

2010 - Following the acquisition of TJ Composting Ltd, an organics recycling business, Countrystyle acquired four open windrow composting facilities, expanding its composting operations to a more national basis.

2009 - Countrystyle acquired a composting facility in Parham, Suffolk. A further waste transfer station in Folkestone, East Kent was also acquired to enhance Countrystyle’s stronghold within Kent.

2008 - Following a prestigious £6m investment by the Company, Kent’s first, fully licensed and more importantly Animal By-Products Regulations approved in-vessel composting facility became operational in 2008, along with a materials recovery facility (MRF) on the same site.

2006 - A waste transfer station at Strood in Rochester, Kent was established to provide in-house treatment and waste transfer capabilities.

2005 - The company expanded to offer a comprehensive range of waste management and collection services such as wheelie bins and skip hire.

2004 - Focus returned to composting following the advent of the Animal By-Products Act and more stringent local authority statutory recycling targets. Countrystyle Recycling Ltd was formed to acquire a site at Ridham in Sittingbourne, Kent which was earmarked for the development of a much needed recycling facility.

2001 - Running in tandem with composting developments, opportunities became apparent for a gap in the market to provide good value and reliable waste collection services for waste and bulk materials using roll-on roll-off containers.

1996 - Countrystyle Composting Ltd was formed to develop recycling for commercial and domestic green waste and other organic waste streams.