From growing flax ...
The story of the Vanheede Environment Group is one of ambitious entrepreneurship in a rapidly expanding but complex market. It is a story of pride, of passion and of social responsibility. It is a story in which the main protagonists, Herwig Vanheede and Claudette Descamps, David and Caroline's parents, decided in 1968 to quit the depressed flax sector and, in a pioneering move, devote their energies instead to waste management. An excellent decision it would seem.
… to waste management
We now provide more than 10,000 clients with sustainable, effective and economical waste management solutions. We play a key role in creating a circular economy by converting each waste stream into a new primary material or energy, both in our own or at third-party waste treatment plants.
Vanheede Environment Group is one of the leaders in Benelux and northern France. But our ambitions stretch far beyond these horizons. With "Managing Your Materials" as our motto, we are currently working on a series of international projects in Europe and elsewhere in the world.
A strategy in line with our vision and our mission
We consider the policy of Vanheede Environment Group a dynamic pointer, created by individuals. It offers a clearly-defined outlook for the future in which our vision and our mission are the spearheads.
"Together we will build a beautiful and sustainable future!”
Using innovation, shape the past to create the future.
Vanheede Environment Group views its business from a sustainable development perspective while offering clients the most effective solutions in terms of the management of waste, materials, green energy and the environment through a qualitative, professional and innovative approach with added value for all stake-holders. For us, sustainable development means getting the best results for all stake-holders while minimising the impact on the environment. Our stake-holders include the board of directors, clients, staff, neighbours, public authorities, banks and insurance firms, contractors, suppliers and the press etc.
In order to achieve the creative entrepreneurship and flexibility we need, we have divided our group into four business units. In this way, we endeavour to offer our employees as much autonomy as possible, so as to get the best out of them!
- Logistics: collecting and sorting waste
- Services: collecting and sorting special and hazardous waste
- Raw Materials: converting waste into primary materials
- Renewable Energy: converting waste into energy
“Our company runs on the energy generated by the enthusiasm of our staff.”
We set great store by people in a very broad sense: clients, colleagues, public authorities and locals etc. In short, all stake-holders. Their welfare, their well-being and their safety are absolute priorities at Vanheede Environment Group.
We respect the environment by reducing our businesses' impact on nature, flora and fauna to a minimum. By converting waste into primary materials or renewable energy we create more closed materials chains and we avoid wasting energy.
Vanheede Environment Group demonstrates its social responsibility towards its stake-holders by setting up a profitable company which operates as far as possible in partnership with its clients in as transparent a way as possible.
Thanks to an open, honest and sincere relationship, we are able to look ourselves in the eye and create a situation which benefits all stake-holders. By communicating in a transparent way, we obtain better results and create more simplicity in a complex world.
By aiming for personal contact with our stake-holders and by stimulating this empathetic relationship between all those involved, we give all those working with us more responsibility which translates into a deeper commitment and stronger involvement.
Board of Directors
David Vanheede, CEO
Caroline Vanheede, Commercial Director
Claudette Descamps, Administrator
Evelyne Decrans, Senior Advisor
Karel Gielen, Advisory Committee
Arnold Deceuninck, Advisory Committee
Vanheede Environment Group employs more than 550 people across 12 branches in Belgium and France. Globally, the group of businesses treats some 798,800 tonnes of waste every year, 89.10 % of which are upgraded.
As an integrated environmental company, Vanheede Environment Group manages 1,850 waste streams under the motto "Managing Your Waste", or perhaps we should say "Managing Your Materials"?
125 million euros
in non-consolidated turnover
of waste treated annually
of recycling and upgrading
f new primary materials produced per year
41.5 million kWh
of green electricity production every year, enough for 12.000 households
Thanks to our efficient waste treatment plants, we can guarantee the production of more than 41.5 million kWh of green energy (converting waste into energy), enough for 12,000 households, and we produce 448,843 tonnes of new primary materials (converting waste into primary materials). Vanheede Environment Group has an unconsolidated turnover of €125 million.
We follow changes in national and European legislation and regulations closely and we comply with new standards and requirements to ensure we conduct our business in strict accordance with the law. Our management system is ISO 14000 (environmental management) and ISO 9001 (quality) certified and has also obtained all the town planning and environment licences and/or approvals required. These are constantly kept up to date.
As far as cross-border waste transfer is concerned, our own sales department applies for the necessary transport licences.
ISO 14001 certificat NL
ISO 14001 certificat FR
ISO 14001 certificat EN
ISO 9001 certificat NL
ISO 9001 certificat FR
ISO 9001 certificat EN
Think global, act local
Each sector has specific waste streams with its own attributes, approaches and amounts. Furthermore, each waste stream has its own optimal treatment method and each region has its way of doing things and its regulations. Disposing of waste management is, therefore, specific to each firm, so a personalised approach is key to sustainable and honest waste management. That is why, as a firm, we deliberately opt for a global approach with regional roots. In addition, we choose specialists who have substantial expertise in niche markets. They are able to adapt to your environment rapidly so that a strong partnership can be created. They work in close collaboration with our local agents and can suggest suitable solutions for specific problems.
In other words, we do everything possible to serve each client as best we can, from a small firm to a multinational, from Luxembourg to the coast, from the butcher and baker to a hospital.
At your service!
At Vanheede Environment Group we are always ready and willing to help you manage your waste. Whether for collection, treatment or the sale of materials, we will seek the best solution in a constructive way together. Feel free to ask for our help!