A year in review

January 16, 2017

We’ve rounded up some of our best moments and achievements from the past year at Wybone!

Small business making a big difference…

2016 began with Wybone winning business entrepreneur Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday weekly competition on Twitter. We tweeted Theo about our family run business, and how we manufacture 97% of all our products at our headquarters in Barnsley. Our tweet was recognised and Theo retweeted our entry to his 495k followers. We’re proud to be flying the flag for local businesses in Barnsley!

Encouraging waste segregation and recycling is something that we’re passionate about, so we were happy to attend the EAUC Annual Conference at the University of the West of England. We support likeminded businesses that aspire to be more environmentally friendly, and we’re always aiming to manufacture new products that help achieve this. At the two-day conference, we showcased a variety of litter and recycling units, those particularly suited towards universities. We introduced our Plastic Box Cycles, which are ideal for collecting multiple waste streams and eye-catching recycling points.

This year, we were delighted to be asked to sponsor the Tidy Wales Awards and their new category, the Green Key Award. The awards were founded to recognise those who work hard to restore communities, in the hope of encouraging others to do the same. The Green Key Award celebrates businesses that are in the tourism industry pushing boundaries to be green and uphold high sustainability and environmental standards. Top of the Woods Camping and Glamping in Boncath came up trumps and were presented with the award.

Torpedo OrbitWe exhibited at the Facilities Show at the ExCel in London, and continued with our cinema themed stand with limited edition Wybone chocolate bars! It was a great opportunity to meet customers both old and new whilst showcasing our Torpedo and Wyatt range, which include benches and planters. We worked with Westfield Shopping Centre for 40 bespoke stainless steel Torpedo Triple Recycling Bins with Orbit Hoods. They requested an extra large ashtray and enlarged stubber plates, both of which we were able to accommodate to suit their requirements.

We also supply London Stansted Airport with Torpedo Triple XL Recycling Bins to keep the airport tidy and encourage recycling. Additionally, we are continuing to support the extension program of Bristol Airport with Lute Stream Triple recycling Bins.

Our Wyatt range was recognised by The Shard in London, who we are currently working closely with on bespoke outdoor furniture for the garden space on their rooftop terrace. Our design team have precise requirements and measurements to follow the layout of the garden space, making all products unique to The Shard.

September retained one of the most important dates in our events calendar, the Resource Efficiency & Waste Management Solutions (RWM) Trade Show at the NEC in Birmingham. It’s one of Europe’s most established resource management exhibitions, where we showcase our internal and external litter and recycling bins. This year, we introduced our new Contour range. A modern galvanised steel suite of products beautifully finished with Iroko Hardwood panels.

Our wooden ranges have grown this year and many organisations have implemented them in parks and open spaces. We adapted our RLA Double Timber Fronted Recycling Bins to offer back-to-back units for ACM Environmental and these litterbins were placed in London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo. We’re excited to be seeing our bins in so many places across the UK!

We also gave a local pub in Huddersfield a new lease of life with reclaimed furniture. The Dunkirk was facing the prospect of closure, when their PR and Marketing Manager Holly Hampshire approached
us to help with a renovation proposal. We worked closely with their team on the outdoor furniture, but the possibility arose to work on internal furniture too. Our team created bespoke designs for dining and poser tables using reclaimed wood. The Dunkirk couldn’t be happier with our products! You can read the full story here.

We’re excited to have worked with Swansea University again to implement additional recycling units across the whole campus. Earlier this year, the university was tasked with launching waste segregation onto Singleton Campus without compromising valuable space in student halls. The ‘Recycling Wave’ campaign was presented and we worked closely with their team to update recycling and environmental requirements.

We updated 122 C-Bin units to bring them inline with the newly introduced C-Bin Quad Recycling Units, which were modified on the university campus by Wybone. We also supplied 122 C-Bin Single Units with an 80-litre capacity to replace the non-recyclable waste streams.

We also modified their external litterbins and the Strobe Recycling Unit which is standardised as a triple, was adapted to include a fourth waste stream. Since the campaign, their recycling rate has been rising progressively and currently stands at 55%, which meets their 2017 target much earlier than expected.

We put the fun in fundraising…

We kicked off our fundraising by hosting a Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. This year saw a fantastic turn out with lots of staff baking sweet treats and savouries; we managed to raise £207.26 for all the amazing work that Macmillan nurses do everyday.

We also took part in some festive fundraising this Christmas time, supporting two worthy causes. We joined the Children’s Hospital Charity’s campaign the National Elf Service, and encouraged staff to dig out their favourite Christmas jumper, wear elfy attire such as pointy ears or stripy tights, or go all out and wear full fancy dress. The campaign aimed to help those who are unable to leave Sheffield Children’s Hospital this Christmas. We asked our little elves to kindly donate £1 to wear their Christmas jumpers, and we managed to raise £146.70!

It wasn’t fair to leave the animals out at Christmas time, so we decided to support We Are Barnsley and their seasonal campaign, Animal Crackers. This involved collecting food, toys and accessories to split between local animal charities that work tirelessly to provide care to our furry friends. Within a matter of days, our Donation Bin was overflowing and a separate bin was needed in order to cope with the amount of goodies that we received from staff.

Our annual Christmas raffle raised £288, which will be sent to our dedicated charity, Weston Park Cancer Appeal. We think the work that they do is great, and we want to try to support them even more throughout 2017!

Start of something new…

In 2016, we introduced a number of new products to our portfolio. We began with growing our Express Range by adding more products that are available with a lead-time of just 48 hours. We also welcomed a new range of Brabantia bins onto our website, some of which are available in our extensive express range! The Brabantia Big Bin retains a 60-litre capacity suitable for large amounts of waste, great for busy kitchens and canteens. The Brabantia Recycle Touch Twin Bin is perfect for waste segregation, with two removable plastic buckets and a soft closing lid suitable for quieter environments, one of our newest products available for 48-hour delivery.

Eco SackholderAdditionally, we launched a new product to our range of sackholders; the Eco Sackholder offers the same level of quality but with a more sustainable design that allows us to pass on significant cost savings to our customers. Our sackholders are powder coated and manufactured from galvanised steel, forming a hardwearing and durable product with a 10-year anti-perforation guarantee. Whether it’s large hospital wards or toilet cubicles, available in three sizes ranging from 28 litres to 80 litres, they’re suitable for any area.

We worked with High Street Pharmacy Boots to modify galvanised steel Industrial Wheelie Bin Covers with steel padlocks, in order to prevent the access to wheelie bins that contain thrown out pharmaceutical goods and medication.

Although we haven’t experienced much snowy weather yet, our friends at South Lanarkshire Council wanted to be prepared for their share, so we manufactured 50 of our SFG Composite GFC Grit Bins for them. Hopefully we won’t be seeing much snow, but if we do, there’s a range of grit products to suit every requirement available, just let us know what you need!

If you have any bespoke requirements or want to become more sustainable this new year with recycling units, feel free to give us a call on 01226 744010 or email