2019 – a year in review!

January 8, 2020

We’ve gone from strength to strength throughout 2019 and it has been our busiest year yet! We’ve rounded up some of our best moments and achievements to share with you from last year.

Another busy year for Wybone

We kickstarted the year by announcing a new partnership with Medibins, an upcoming medical bin supplier and reputable litter bin supplier based in Australia. Medibins will be offering a selection of Wybone’s long established clinical and domestic waste bins for use in hospitals, clinics and many other healthcare environments across the pond.

As well as becoming a distributor in Australia, we’re now supplying our products to 18 countries around the world including Greece, France, Malta and Portugal. We can’t wait to see where all of our international enquiries take us in 2020!

We were pleased to announce that we were awarded another year on the NHS Supply Chain, making this our 20th year on the framework. For the last two decades, we’ve been supplying ‘Medical Furniture and Sack Holders’ to the NHS, providing the best possible patient focused healthcare products. This is one of the biggest departments here at Wybone and we’ve been making these bins since 1973, take a look at our behind the scenes video to see these bins on the production line.

We were awarded a place on the North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium, on the framework for recycling bins and street furniture. This collaborative procurement service allows universities in the North West to order from recognised suppliers, in areas such as catering, cleaning and recycling. We’ve been contacted by a number of universities through the framework since.

It’s been another busy year of securing tenders; we were excited to manufacture and supply bins to Doncaster Council, Vale of Glamorgan Council, NHS Lanarkshire and Stevenage Council – to name a few!

Last year, the Mayor of London announced that food waste must be a part of waste collections in London. Following this statement, we were contacted by a number of council’s in the capital to help them with communal collections. We’ve been manufacturing and installing our Food Waste Wheelie Bin Covers all over the city, including City of Westminster Council who had 100 of these wheelie bin housings installed around the borough in October.

We’ve also been continuing our work with Glasgow City Council and supplying more large capacity BWB Wheelie Bin Covers as part of their bin replacement programme.

One of our biggest orders of the year came from Brighton & Hove Council. We developed our LBV Recycling Bin to feature three separate, colour coded compartments to collect general waste, mixed plastic and glass – manufactured from glass fibre composite. As these units were to be installed on the seafront, they were required to be manufactured from a material that would never rust or deteriorate. The council’s Head of Fleet, Ian Greene, got in touch to let us know how the bins are working so far:

“Since taking delivery of our new bins, we have seen a decrease in littering on our seafront. Our motivation behind these bins was to standardise their look to reflect the city’s seafront heritage and promote recycling.

Thanks to Wybone’s design team we have been able to provide a substantial statement that fits in perfectly with its surroundings. We are very pleased!”

Part of a new on-the-go recycling scheme, we worked with Islington Council to improve on-street recycling rates in the borough. We adapted our MLB/224 Recycling Bin to feature a transparent section for the collection of mixed recycling.

Chris Demetriou, Operations Manager for the Street Environment Services at the council explained the process behind the bin: “I worked really closely with their Sales Manager, Mark Hollinsworth regarding the design of this bin. Everything I wanted to include on the bin was not a problem for Mark and without his input and assistance I’m not sure the bin would have ever been made. We initially went through a couple of prototype bins and after a few changes we finally created what I think is the perfect bin.”

The first installation of these bins took place in April, Chris has already received great feedback from the bins: “So far, we have had really positive feedback from local residents, colleagues and Members/Councillors about the bins on both how good they look and the fact that people are recycling more rubbish now.”

Celebrating our 50th anniversary

We’re currently celebrating our 50th year in business and to commemorate our golden year, we manufactured a new MLB/112 Eco for our reception area; powder coated in gold with bespoke 50th laser cut artwork to demonstrate our manufacturing capabilities. We also recycled the offcuts from our metal products to make stylish gold coasters to give to our customers.

We invited customers and suppliers to our biggest ever annual golf day. 52 players took on the 18 hole challenge, each toting their own goody bags, with a special edition Wybone golf ball and Wybone 50th year chocolate bar with the potential to hold a golden ticket. A great day was had by all and we’re already discussing this year’s golf day.

We were commended for our long service at the Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards and our Managing Director Richard and Production Manager Paul took to the stage to collect our award. A few of the Wybone team were invited to represent the company but to make sure everyone got involved in the celebrations, we held a buffet lunch for all staff on the day.

We’re continuing the celebrations with our staff and customers into the new year – watch this space!

An exciting new smart waste partnership

We’ve done extensive research into a smart solution to perfectly complement our range and we’ve partnered with Netherlands based manufacturer Mr. Fill. This smart bin measures the amount of waste that’s deposited inside the bin and provides meaningful statistics that can help improve waste management efficiency. We are the UK’s sole distributor of this solar powered waste bin, so if you’d like to book a demonstration with one of our sales team, please get in touch!

We’ve recently installed a Mr. Fill smart waste bin in Beverley for East Riding of Yorkshire Council and at the Tower of London for City of London Council – we look forward to seeing how these bins are working throughout the year.

Wybone on tour!

We love being out and about at exhibitions and meeting both customers new and existing. At the start of 2019, we attended Arab Health in Dubai and showcased our all plastic Capsule II Sackholder to the market in the Middle East. This has helped us with some great connections in Dubai, such as our partner Bridgeway Medical.

We had another brilliant year at the Facilities Show in London. As we were celebrating our 50th year, we made it our biggest yet and showcased our new 50th MLB steel litter bin, which received positive feedback. We received some great comments on our Cup Recycling Bin, as more companies are looking to collect disposable cups. We’ll be at the exhibition again this year from the 19-21 May, make sure you come and see us.

We also had a great year at LARAC – this was one of the first exhibitions where we showcased Mr Fill, we even brought along Mr. Fill’s Managing Director, Theo Kik to help us answer any technical questions. We attended a new exhibition, LetsRecycle Live in Coventry, established from the leading recycling and waste management news website. We exhibited with a range of our products from each department, alongside our partners in polythene, Leafield Environmental.

We love showing people around our factory in Barnsley – and last year was no different. We had lots of customer visits, from CIWM branches hosting their monthly branch meetings to the IPS (Infection Prevention Society) holding national presentations in our showroom. We welcomed companies such as WCRS Ltd (Waste Cost Reduction Services) who travelled up from Essex for a tour of our factory and to discuss their requirements with our National Sales Manager, John. If you’d like a tour of our factory, get in touch!

How we’re doing our bit to help

No two days are the same at Wybone and we love to take part in fundraising activities for both local and national charities.

During the summer months, our CAD designer Adam took part in an ice hockey tournament with his local team to raise money for Weston Park Cancer Charity. As well as sponsoring Adam for his efforts during the tournament, we also held a bake sale to increase the money raised. Overall, Adam raised a fantastic £559.53!

Our local charity, Barnsley Hospice is close to a lot of our staff’s hearts, particularly to our metalwork department manager Keith Gill. He decided to raise money for the hospice by going sober for October – he took on the challenge by himself and managed the entire month, raising a commendable £400.

As always, Team Wybone took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support. We wanted to beat last year’s total, so we held an additional guessing game alongside our bake sale and managed to raise a fantastic £400!

Over the festive period, we raised £200 for the Children’s Hospital Charity on our annual Christmas raffle and £200 on our Christmas Jumper Day collection for Weston Park Cancer Charity.

Increasing our product range

Despite all of the happenings at Wybone, we still find time to develop our ideas and bring new products to market.

We designed a wooden cigarette stand to complement our WTS range. This stylish unit is manufactured with a galvanised steel frame, clad with Iroko hardwood slats and a raised pyramid ashtray. You can see these new, modern cigarette stands at Broadgate Estates in London!

Based on a design for the Barbican Centre in London, we modified our current Contour Litter Bin and developed a new galvanised steel version. Manufactured entirely from 2mm galvanised steel with vinyl text down one side of the door, we think this new unit is stylish and perfect for modern environments.

We’ve recently introduced a new polythene range, which is now available to purchase on our website. The Capstan has a circular design, whilst the Cardinal maintains the traditional square design with a 110 litre capacity. Both are manufactured from UV stabilised medium density moulded polyethylene (MDPE), rotationally moulded to ensure a consistent, high quality and hard wearing product.

After extensive research and design time, we made our first Textile Bank for the White Rose Group. We’ll be developing this product further in the new year.

If you would like to book a meeting with our team to discuss your new year’s recycling initiative, feel free to give us a call on 01226 352333 or send us an email to