Paul Cox developed his own dry waste business in the early 1990s, before helping create WasteFile in 1999, then leading a management buyout in 2001.
WasteFile was acquired in July 2006 by Englefield Capital and renamed Reconomy Solutions to be the holding company for the development of a recycling business with trucks and depots. A number of asset-based acquisitions were then made, including Oakley Waste Management and Anglia Recycling.
After the recession, a review of activities took place and in 2010 it was agreed to sell the asset-based part of the business to Viridor, leaving the outsourcing arm under the Reconomy umbrella.
Englefield itself was acquired by Reconomy’s current ultimate owners Bregal Capital. Bregal says that the company “has delivered outstanding growth in sales and profitability through key customer relationships in the housebuilding, construction, utilities and FM sectors.”