Across the world, waste management has become one of the most critical environmental issues that need to be addressed. From plastic pollution in oceans and on land and overconsumption due to the growth of the middle class across emerging markets to the current patterns across the developed world and rapid increase of waste generation, these factors have spawned an array of environmental issues, where not a single one overrides the other.
Visionscape Group, a Dubai-based multifaceted environmental utility conglomerate, is addressing these global issues by providing innovative solutions across the waste management value chain for diverse industries and is committed to providing innovative services to a global standard.
The Group’s pioneering approach to a Circular Economy is revolutionary, and not only a first of its kind, but an answer to a global problem. By taking a holistic approach, Visionscape aims to tackle the world’s current challenges by supporting Circular Economy initiatives across the world, as well as using it to fuel the Group’s closed-loop business model.
It is evident that humanity has a waste problem, and so the starting point is the waste generation. According to the World Economic Forum, we are producing approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of waste a year, far more than we can currently process or recycle. The World Bank estimates that this figure will increase to over five trillion pounds of waste annually by 2025 in urban areas alone, with a majority ending up in landfills, the ocean, and our streets. In addition to this, the urban population is expected to double by the year 2030.
As much as countries such as Sweden have successfully tackled waste, it still is a significant concern across the globe, as the importance of waste management has increased globally, and more and more governments are committing to resolve this issue.
This renewed focus on waste management presents a growing opportunity for achieving a Circular Economy. To overcome this global challenge, there are barriers to address in achieving a Circular Economy. This includes tackling consumer and production behaviors and trends and working with governments and regulators to develop policies towards waste reduction, such as food waste. Across the world, many nations – particularly in the developing world – lack proper waste management infrastructure, which is a major contributing factor in the issue. Therefore, investing in infrastructure through private-public partnerships and in recycling technology is vital. Lastly, using a more circular business model for businesses, allowing recyclers to standardise their processes.
Today, the Visionscape Group is providing one of the most significant investments towards attaining a Circular Economy across the globe, investing in a new category of waste management development and resource recovery projects. Under this umbrella, Visionscape offers smart green solutions, with bespoke offerings catered to both developed and developing countries, with a focus on emerging markets.
The Group has grown rapidly over the past three years, and Visionscape’s closed-loop model is segmented by their offerings along the waste management value chain, categorised into waste generation management, value chain products and resource recovery.
Waste Generation Management
Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, the waste management subsidiary of the Visionscape Group, services emerging markets, offering solutions from infrastructural deficit development projects to municipal, recycling and bulk waste collection, waste transfer and disposal, street-sweeping services, and waste management consultancy services.
By using proven attributes, the company takes a ‘glocalised’ approach, mapping out municipal waste management shortcomings to provide a new-age approach by bridging the waste management gap and serving as the ideal municipal-private partner.
Visionscape Sanitation Solutions aims to promote resource recovery supply chains, enabling clients to tap into these new offerings. The company’s focus is to service emerging markets across the ‘New World’, a terminology coined by the Visionscape Group, as these are the markets moving into the green revolution.
An additional benefit is the offerings and expertise coming from Visionscape Sanitation Solutions sister companies, further making the Visionscape Group a one-stop-shop for innovative waste solutions.
From wastewater treatment to recycling and waste-to-energy, the Visionscape Group subsidiaries offer market-leading solutions across the waste management value chain.
Value Chain Products
Manufacturing products designed to assist and improve the waste collection process is another specialty of Visionscape. The Group houses two of Europe’s most sophisticated bin and waste sacks manufacturing facilities, with a proven track record of serving local authorities and municipalities in the UK.
Vision Gelpack is the flexible packaging subsidiary of Visionscape Group. For over 50 years, the company has focused on manufacturing high-performance polyethylene products for various industries, including medical and healthcare, food and beverage processing, waste management and recycling, and local authorities and municipalities.
Vision Gelpack primarily produces waste and recycling sacks, available in both virgin and recycled polymer grades. The company has adopted a two-dimensional approach to tackling global issues to close the loop, by manufacturing products made from between 50-90% recycled polymers.
Vision Gelpack also provides waste and recycling sacks designed for mass production, with the capacity to promote a recycling culture within a local authority or large-scale organisation. The company not only operates sustainably but also provides clients with environmentally friendly solutions to waste containment
Starting as a family business, Sellers Containers is one of today’s leading manufacturers of waste bins, skips, and containers in the UK, with an impressive client list ranging from waste management companies such as Biffa and Viridor.
Sellers Containers offers an all-rounded range of over 40 bins, skips, and containers, from open containers and hazardous waste containers, to economy builder’s skips, galvanized bins and recycling bins. Sellers also offer customers bespoke solutions for specific requirements, as well as refurbishment and repair jobs. The Sellers Containers facility is built with the capacity to meet mass orders, supplying over 15,000 bins to the Lagos State Government in Nigeria earlier this year.
To promote a Circular Economy, Sellers Containers places a heavy focus on their refurbishment work and the production of parts and spares from recycled materials. The company services a wide range of industries, including waste management, recycling, construction, industrial manufacturing consumer goods production, energy production, and small- to large-scale organisations, as waste management has no boundaries.
According to the British Plastics Federation, if the UK’s plastics recycling capacity is extended and modernised by the year 2030, an estimated 25,000 new jobs could be created, further adding to the local economy and adaptable across the world. At the core of a Circular Economy is resource recovery and management – the process of utilizing salvageable waste materials as manufacturing resource/feedstock.
Visionscape Environmental SA is one of Europe’s most advanced recycling facilities. Based in Belgium, the Visionscape Group subsidiary focuses on heavily contaminated film to process high-grade post-consumer resins (also known as recycled pellets), which is then used by manufacturers of consumer goods for extrusion, injection molding, and blown films.
Visionscape Environmental SA can process over 20,0000 tonnes of used film annually, producing viable feedstock for a wide range of industries.
Vision Petlon Polymers is the Group’s polymer compounding and recovery subsidiary, dedicated to manufacturing and distributing polymers and technical plastics for manufacturers worldwide.
The company produces post-consumer resins for the automotive, furniture, household appliance, electronics, and consumer goods sectors.
The company has also developed their in-house polymer grade, Beetle® Engineering, with recycled feedstock grade supplied from the company’s extensive network. The Beetle® range offers reinforcement and performance-enhancing additives, designed to provide superior component performance in demanding environments.
Green energy, water, and wastewater treatment solutions are offered at Vision Environmental Engineering. The company focuses on waste-to-energy efficient technologies, from anaerobic digestion to sludge-to-energy, working in partnership with municipalities and large-scale organisations to develop the ideal solution for customers.
The company also provides solutions across every aspect of municipal and industrial water and wastewater treatment, implementing the best solution for your required needs.
Closing the Loop
As we try to solve the environmental issues that plague the world today, Visionscape focuses on investing in the very best long-term solutions for the planet by maximising the unique opportunity of generating sustainable resources, while also making a positive impact on the environment and servicing communities.
The Visionscape Group has adopted the very best principles of circularity aimed at establishing an alternative resource for global production, wealth and jobs. Together with its subsidiaries, the Group implements well-thought business processes and work culture that promotes sustainability and aim to close the loop.
From the staff to the Board, Visionscape and subsidiaries work as a single entity with a shared vision to facilitate sustainable economic growth in developed countries and emerging markets.
Using the latest eco-friendly technologies, Visionscape provides top-tier products and solutions that allow clients to adopt processes that generate profits while keeping environmental impact to a minimum.