About O’Brien Waste Recycling

As the North East’s leading provider of waste and recycling solutions, our goal since our inception in 2006 has been to provide a range of environmentally friendly, waste collection and recycling solutions for businesses of all sizes.


O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions is a fast-paced, rapidly growing business. Through continued investment in dynamic technology solutions we stay ahead of the curve in the waste management industry. We recognise that our people are our greatest asset and foster a level of commitment that gives us the agility to deliver an exceptional level of customer service.

ISO9001 Waste RecyclingWe are very proud of our roots here in the North East and believe that the positive, hard-working, “can do – will do” attitude of the people in this region is reflected in our company culture. We have 21st century ethics and very much enjoy engaging in the local community with a number of charitable, educational and sponsorship partnerships.

O’Brien are one of the first UK waste recycling companies to achieve certification in the new 2015 versions of ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.

Flexible, Reliable, Responsible

Our focus on delivering excellent customer service makes us highly-regarded with our clients. We recognise that flexibility is a big requirement in the waste management and recycling industry and this helps us achieve a high level of customer satisfaction and contract retention.

During our 10 years in business we have gained an enviable reputation for our reliability. We take pride in our collections being prompt, our staff professional and vehicles well presented.

All of the waste we collect is managed responsibly and with due care to the environment. All the waste streams collected are separated at one of our regional MRFs (Material Recycling Facility) with an industry-leading 98% of the material we collect is recycled with the remainder being diverted for ‘Energy from Waste’.

O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions currently operate 6 MRFs in the region with more in development. We have a workforce of over 400 people and an operational fleet for over 100 vehicles which enables us to provide waste recycling services across the North of England.

Current operating stats:

  • 350 tonnes of waste is recycled every hour
  • 98% of the waste we collect is recycled

"They introduced internal recycling bins, at no cost to the college, and offered presentations and talks to students and staff to promote recycling"

Karen Wade, Director of Facilities Management, Sunderland College