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Yorkshire Water flows west

YORKSHIRE WATER yesterday swooped across the Pennines with the pounds 120m acquisition of a council-owned waste disposal company. Its Yorkshire Environmental Solutions (YES) arm is buying 3C Waste from Cheshire County Council and Halton and Warrington Borough Councils.

Based in Chester, 3C serves six million people in Cheshire, South Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and North Wales. It is one of the seven largest landfill operators in the UK, handling a quarter of the waste disposal needs of the North-west, operating four landfill sites and 27 civic tips.

Yorkshire Water said 3C would retain its own identity and operate alongside the existing Yorkshire Environmental Global Waste Management division. The deal follows last month's proposed merger between YEGWM and Waste Recycling Group, giving the Yorkshire group a 46 per cent stake in WRG.