Biffa is one of Britain’s biggest providers of waste-management services. It collects municipal, commercial and industrial waste—some 10m tonnes last year—and sorts, treats, recycles and disposes of it. Biffa also provides renewable energy, with interests in plants that produce a total of 100MW. Chief executive Andre Horbach has ambitious plans to develop Biffa’s ability to generate energy from waste, collecting gas from landfills, and using micro-organisms to break down biodegradable refuse. The company was demerged from Severn Trent in 2006, and bought by a consortium of Montagu Private Equity, Global Infrastructure Partners and Bank of Scotland Corporate in a £1.7 billion transaction in April 2008. Biffa reported sales of £777m in 2008.
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