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Acumen; the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain.
Acumen Waste; going beyond all legal compliance and best practice accreditation

To provide safe and legal environmentaly friendly solutions through innovative waste management and recycling services


Incorporated in 1994 and originally branded as Limpia Waste Management, a small team of enthusiasts and experts set about delivering advanced and improved waste management solutions for all manner of hazardous, difficult and clean-up services.

Originally located in the North-East of England – the historic heartland of the UK’s chemical industry – demand for our services soon extended throughout the country. With our name changed to Acumen Waste Services, by 1996 we had opened depots in West Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

Further operational centres and specialist services followed and Acumen can now deliver its advanced waste management services efficiently throughout the UK.

Waste Services

Industrial Site Services

Experts: Leon Kirk - Simon Bissell - Simon Hindmarsh

Acumen provides a comprehensive cleaning, decommissioning and decontamination service to a wide range of industries through its expert Industrial Site Services Division operating anywhere in the UK.

Bulk & Packaged Waste Disposal

Experts: Mark Tankard - Tony Brittain - Graham Mills

Handling hazardous and difficult waste is part of our day-to-day business, and since 1994 Acumen has successfully managed the treatment, disposal and recycling of hazardous and difficult waste materials for thousands of clients.

Recycling & Energy

Expert: Ian Wray

The high cost of sending waste to landfill sites and the rocketing price of oil and other commodities mean recycling has an essential role to play in modern waste management. Acumen’s experts are ideally placed to help.

Asbestos Disposal

Expert: Nicky Smith

Acumen’s waste transport and transfer services are backed up by our specialist containers offering nationwide coverage for the disposal of hazardous asbestos wastes.

Soil Remediation

Expert: Leon Kirk

A sustainable alternative to landfill for disposal & treatment of contaminated soils arising from the remediation industry.  Acumen Waste Services Ltd provide remediation services for the clean up of contaminated land throughout the UK. 

Contract Waste

Experts: Vicki Homer - Graham Mills

Organisations of all sizes across the UK choose Acumen to handle their waste management services for three simple reasons: we deliver cost savings, we ensure full compliance with environmental, health and safety and other legislation, and we reduce our clients’ administrative burdens.

Special Waste Products

Experts: Tony Brittain - Leon Kirk - Ian Wray

Acumen are frequently called upon to develop and implement bespoke solutions for the clean-up and disposal of large-scale, difficult and hazardous waste.

Waste Oil Collection

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Acumen Energy offers a cost-effective hazardous waste recovery and recycling service via a national network that ensures the management and disposal of your waste is quick, safe and environmentally friendly. Tel : 01977529580

York Recovery Park


Acumen operates a full Permitted waste treatment facility at York. This facility has been designed from the offset to provide an alternative to landfill disposal by offering non-landfill waste treatment and recovery facilities for a variety of waste streams including those with physical, chemical and biological contaminants.

Acumen Simplex Cabinets


The Acumen Simplex Cabinet is designed to store hazardous waste in a safe, simple and cost effective manner with comprehensive environmental compliance.

Acubin & Haz Box

Experts: Graham Mills

Acubin and HazBox provides a cost effective method of ensuring producers of hazardous waste remain compliant with all waste disposal legislation.

Some Useful Links

ISO 14000 - Environmental management

The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organizations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities.

ISO 14001:2004 and its supporting standards such as ISO 14006:2011 focus on environmental systems to achieve this. The other standards in the family focus on specific approaches such as audits, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.

ISO 14001:2004

ISO 14001:2004 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector.

Oil Care Campaign

The Oil Care Campaign is a joint initiative between the UK environmental regulators, trade and professional bodies and industry. We’re working together to give you good practice advice to help you look after your oil safely and, when it’s no longer needed, to send it for recycling or safe disposal. We aim to give you the information to understand how to reduce the environmental risk of your oil and why it’s important.

In 2012 over 3300 oil pollution incidents were reported to the UK environment agencies. That’s nearly 10 incidents every day. Oil damages our environment, killing plants and animals, looks unpleasant and can cost thousands of pounds to clean-up.

If you see oil on a river, lake or stream, call the national incident/pollution hotline on 0800 80 70 60 to report it as soon as possible, the line is open 24 hours, calls are free from land lines but there may be a charge if you’re using a mobile.

Toward Achieving a Circular Economy

In a traditional economy we make, use, throw away. This is not sustainable. What we need are sustainable circular economies. Rather than make products from 'gathered' materials and dispose of them after use, we should recover and re-use, making better use of resources and greatly reducing our waste. This is obviously good for the environment but has business benefits as well; first and foremost ongoing cost savings as well as releasing business growth from the scarce raw material equation.

Whilst a lot of 'recycling' companies produce slick brochures and big case studies highlighting success, they present the circular economy as simply the provision of an oil recycling service to customers. Other Companies may claim they are at the forefront of green product development. At Acumen we are embracing 'circular economy' offer a whole range of integrated waste collection services which seamlessly integrate with our recycling processes.

Oil Recycling Association

Since 1997 the Oil Recycling Association, simply referred to as ORA has served as the UK trade body connecting between mineral oil producers, the users that produce oily waste, legislators, regulators and the collection and processing companies that form most of its membership.

UK Waste Oil Recycling

The amount of mineral oil waste arising in the UK is difficult to quantify for a number of reasons that are largely associated with definitions. EU law reflects the use of the European Waste Catalogue that includes a number of subsectors including oily water. The consensus however is that waste mineral oil largely describes used lubricating oils and fuels that have been or are required to be discarded in its widest legal sense.