Plastic Recycling Van Werven was proclaimed ‘TOP Company of the Year 2018’ by the De Driehoek (OVDD), an association of entrepreneurs. Companies from the municipality of Dronten (the Netherlands) can be nominated for this award.
"This title is a wonderful recognition for the recycling activity that we now carry out in various countries in Europe", says managing director Ton van der Giessen: "We started in Biddinghuizen 13 years ago and it is still the largest location and the central European knowledge and innovation centre. In addition to further expansion of the plastic recycling activity, we also see opportunities to add other sustainable activities to our location in Biddinghuizen. Activities that fit the 'new economy' and the Flevoland Environmental Vision to be completely circular by 2030. Together with the municipality of Dronten, we would like to work to achieve this."
The jury report praises the recycling process, which is developed by Van Werven itself and in which many installations are built in-house. The growth at both national and international level also catches the eye and, of course, appreciation has been expressed regarding the sustainable character of the company.
The announcement of TOP Enterprise of the Year took place during the OVDD New Year's Eve party on the 5th of January in De Meerpaal in Dronten. By annually awarding this prize, OVDD wants to show its admiration and appreciation for all, various companies in the municipality of Dronten. They also want to underline the importance of good entrepreneurship for the economy and employment in the municipality. The Company of the Year election consists of two more categories: Talent of the Year, won by Carpe Diem Makelaardij And Best Retailer of the Year, won by Tietema’s Bakkerij.
Next to allowing Van Werven to call itself TOP Company of the Year for a year, the company may also represent Dronten during the provincial Flevopenningengala on the 12th of April.
150 million kilos of hard plastics
Mid 2019, Van Werven will have the capacity to recycle 150 million kilos of hard plastics on an annual basis at six sites in Europe. The secondary raw material is used in Europe in the manufacturing industry. With this activity, Van Werven offers employment to more than three hundred-and-fifty people and it is expected that another hundred people will join in 2019. Many people with a disadvantage in the labour market get a chance. In addition to employees from Eastern Europe, immigrants from Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Eritrea work at Van Werven as well.