Our History

1926 – Company Founded

Mr Samuel Brown, the Founder of the company, which involved coal haulage. However, this was short-lived due to the interruption of World War II.

1949 – After the war

When the war ended, Samuel’s son, Herbert Brown, resumed the business started by his father. Then Herbert officially named the company H Brown. Horse and Cart was traditionally used to deliver clay, coke and coal to the pottery industry. This, we think, may have been our first ever waste disposal contract. The cart was then used to remove shraff and waste once a delivery was complete.

1954 – Becoming a family company

William H Brown joined the business and the company became H BROWN & SON. Expansion continued with the acquisition of Wilkes Bros haulage of Harriseahead and our first two 10 tonne tipper lorries were added to the business.

1960 – Herbert’s Retirement

Waste disposal was added to our bulk coal and clay deliveries. Some of our main contracts included: Royal Doultons, H & R Johnsons, W.H.Grindley and Thomas Boultons Ltd.

Herbert Brown retired during the 1960’s and his son, William H Brown took over as Managing Director. The company expanded its waste and coal operations by transporting coal to Cornwall and returning with clay for the pottery industry.

1970 – Branching out

H Brown & Son branched out into providing coaches for the leisure industry, and was recognised by Royal Doulton for our contribution to their achievement of the Queen’s Award for Industry.

1980s – New Focus

Rod Brown, William Brown’s son, joined the business and the coach business was sold to focus on waste management services.

1990s – Expansion

William retired and Roderick took control as Managing Director, with new ideas of becoming the largest independent waste company in Staffordshire. During the forthcoming years, H Brown & Son purchased Booths Newcastle Ltd, Trojan Prospects Ltd and, more recently, R D Delicata. With the merger of all these companies, we are the largest independent waste company in Stoke-on-Trent.

2000s – Keeping it in the family!

Acquisitions continued with Delicata and RJ Pass.

Mitch and Dominique Brown joined the business, both working in entry level jobs in the yard and on the weighbridge.

During this time, the Nevada Lane site was acquired for expansion and setting up a new cardboard baling facility. The Sneyd Hill site was also acquired for development of a brand new HQ and waste transfer site.

Importantly, the company name changed to H Brown & Son Recycling Ltd!

2010s – Going green!

H Brown Recycling Ltd expands after a £3.5million investment in cutting-edge green technology.

Sneyd Hill site and offices opened in 2010 following a £5.5m investment

The first purpose-built SRF plant in Europe opened at Sneyd Hill, and Leek Waste Disposal was acquired to expand geography.

In order to meet demand, the Sneyd Hill waste sorting capacity was expanded to meet demand.

2018 – Expanding our offering

Our services were expanded to include secure destruction with the investment in a specialist confidential shredding facility.

2023 – A change of hands

Mitch Brown and Dominque Brown became joint managing directors of the business, with Rod Brown moving to the new role of chairman.

Finally, the business became Brown Recycling Ltd!


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