Total Recycling Services

Total Recycling Services, based in Darlington, is one of the UK’s leading providers of waste management services. Specialising in commercial recycling, hazardous waste recovery and industrial cleaning services.

The company was formed in 2009 by Managing Director Alex Foreman and has since invested over £5.5m into developing its state of the art main base of operations at Darlington’s Lingfield Way Industrial Estate.

Total runs as an industry leader in the disposal of hazardous waste and as such it’s operations stretch across the entirety of the UK as they service well-known companies including Hitachi, Royal Mail, Akzo Nobel and JCB.

The company has seen recent success with the introduction of its brand new industrial cleaning services division which has seen rapid growth from an initial team of three personnel to five teams of three servicing manufacturing and chemical plants across the country.

Since this success, Total has seen fit to invest over £500k into bespoke machinery to support the industrial services division and to meet the demand forecasted for the coming year.

Andy Dobson, Operations Director at Total Recycling Services, said: “We were looking to invest into our equipment and vehicle fleet in order to continue our growth.

“So far, we have acquired two new 30,000 litre tankers which will go toward supporting our industrial services division, a roll on roll off truck with a further three units and we have also got our hands on what’s known as a glass imploder.

“It’s been pure demand that has meant we’ve had to invest so heavily into new vehicles and they constantly in use.”


Recently the company has been awarded its first ever accolade by collecting the services award at the Teesside heat of the North East Business Awards in 2018.

In response to this Alex said: “I was gobsmacked. To go up against some of the best service providers in the region is an honour in of itself, but to bring home the win is unbelievable.

“Every single company at the awards is proof that the Tees Valley is a fantastic and prosperous place for businesses and I’m happy to be in the position to celebrate the successes we’ve had over the last ten years.

“We’ve constantly tried to do things differently at Total and to win such an award is fantastic recognition for the hard work our staff put in and the excellent work we provide for our customers every single day.”

Total Recycling Services currently employs over 97 members of staff and encourages them to undertake work-based training to take the next step on their career ladder.

One such member of staff is Andrew Challis, Hazardous and Transfer Station Supervisor. Andrew initially started as an unskilled worker in the company’s industrial services division in 2013, before moving through to drum decontamination in 2014. He is now overseeing three members of staff as part of his role.

Andrew said: “The company has paid for all of my training because a lot of the qualifications I have are mandatory for me to hold in my role. They have also funded my supervisor and team leader qualifications to help me reach the standard expected within Total.

“Most of the work I’ve had to do has been in work time too. Total has always been happy to let me attend classes and exams during that time.

To learn more about Total Recycling Services, you can click through to its website here.

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