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 two business units.
- Environmental Services, consisting of managing, collecting and sorting selectively and non-selectively collected waste streams (hazardous and non-hazardous waste) with attention for innovative solutions with regard to the circular economy.
- Recycling, transforming waste into high-quality products and into energy which can be reused in the circular economy.
“Our company runs on the energy generated by the enthusiasm of our staff.”
We are proud of what we realize! We fulfil our ambitions in a transparent collaboration. By doing this we stay faithful to our culture. We are all proud ambassadors of our company.
We exercise our job with passion! A culture of creativity, entrepreneurship, digitisation and innovation results in a strong commitment from our collaborators. We realize our dreams.
We think people are important! Welfare, health and safety constitute absolute priorities. We recognize talents and give them space, in all confidence. We are a family business.
We have respect for the environment! Materials are given a second life at our sites. This way we have a positive impact on the climate and our environment, now and in the future. We contribute to developing a better world.
We think in terms of win-win-win! Every one of us makes the difference, for the stakeholder, the company and for himself. Profit is the oxygen that allows us to invest, innovate and organize in a clever way. We are developing a sustainable future.
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 717 people across 13 branches in Belgium and France. Globally, the group of businesses treats some 872,479 tonnes of waste every year, 91.05 % 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"?
135 million euros
in consolidated turnover
of waste treated annually
of recycling and upgrading
of new primary materials produced per year
45 million kWh
of green electricity production every year, enough for 13.000 households
Thanks to our efficient waste treatment plants, we can guarantee the production of more than 45 million kWh of green energy (converting waste into energy), enough for 13,000 households, and we produce 485,434 tonnes of new primary materials (converting waste into primary materials). Vanheede Environment Group has an consolidated turnover of €135 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.
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!