Our history


Company was founded by Guy Shanks and Andrew McEwan as a construction company operating primarily in the West of Scotland under the name of Shanks & McEwan.


Acquired London Brick Landfill, beginning a shift towards becoming a focused waste management firm.

Became a public company with a listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Mid 1990s

Sold remaining construction interests to concentrate solely on waste management.


Purchased waste management of Sita in Belgium.


Changed its name to Shanks Group plc.


Bought Waste Management Nederland B.V. in the Netherlands.

Group tops £500 million in sales for first time.


Secured 25-year contract with Argyll & Bute Council for the management of the council's waste.


Completion of the 25-year PFI waste contract with East London Waste Authority (ELWA).


Sold its UK landfill and landfill gas power assets to private equity firm Terra Firma.


Purchased Smink Beheer B.V. in the Netherlands.

Confirmed by Cumbria County Council as preferred bidder for a 25 year PFI contract to treat the Council's waste.


Acquired Orgaworld organic processing business.


Announced £71m Rights Issue.


Shanks takes on United Utilities' PFI Waste Business.


Selected as Preferred Bidder for BDR (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham) PFI.

Opened a number of waste treatment facilities including our Cumbria MBT, Kettering MRF, Glasgow MRF2 and Cumbernauld AD Facility.


Acquired Van Tuijl in the Netherlands.

Reached Financial Close on the BDR (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham) PFI.

Business re-organised into market-facing divisions.


Reached financial close on Wakefield PFI project.

Opened MBT facility in Barrow, Cumbria.

Exited UK Solid Waste market.


Financial Close on Derby City and Derbyshire PPP Contract.

Awarded Preferred Proponent for City of Surrey Contract.


Shanks acquires Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility in the Netherlands.

Shanks achieves Financial Close for Surrey Organics Biofuel Processing Facility project in Canada.


Appointed Colin Matthews CBE as Chairman.

Merged with Van Gansewinkel B.V to create Renewi plc

Important information:

On 28 February Shanks Group plc merged with Van Gansewinkel Groep BV to form Renewi plc. Information on this website is no longer being updated and is for historical reference only. Please visit www.renewi.com for latest information, or continue to the historic Shanks Group plc website.