Company history

Founded in 1964 by Edward Otto Landau, Wastewise has transformed itself from a local landfill operator into a leading waste management and skip hire company.


Wastewise prepares itself for a period of rapid growth and invests heavily in its waste infrastructure following a number of key contract wins.
  Biowise completes a major phase of expansion works on the open windrow composting and soil production facility increasing the site capacity to 150,000 tonnes per annum.
  The Group investigates potential renewable energy projects and commissions feasibility studies and trials for wind and landfill gas power generation on the completed Willerby landfill sites. 


Wastewise opened its advanced Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Hull capable of processing up to 45,000 tonnes of dry mixed recyclable waste a year.
  Biowise was awarded a 4 year contract with Leeds City Council to process its source segregated green waste.


Biowise was granted planning permission to develop a £3.5 million state of the art in-vessel composting (IVC) facility at the Willerby site.

Biowise achieved PAS 100 and Compost Quality Protocol certification for its composting operation and launched its Green Machine range of bagged compost and landscape products.

  Wastewise launched its commercial waste collection (including food waste) and skip hire service having invested in a modern fleet of vehicles and containers.


Paul and Dan were joined by the third generation of the Landau family, James Landau, to help reinvent and grow the business into the waste management, recycling and energy recovery sector.
  Biowise, Dispit and Biowise Recycling & Waste Management (now Wastewise) formed a strategic merger positioning the Group as a leading provider of total waste management solutions.

2001 - 2008

As the landfill sites neared completion, Paul Landau teamed up with Dan Ingram to form Biowaste Recycling Limited (now Biowise). The new company developed and continues to operate an open windrow composting facility at the Willerby site to produce a soil conditioning material for the landfill restoration.
  The business has grown steadily over the years as local authorities and businesses have adopted more sustainable and cost effective alternatives to landfill.

Late 1980s

The Group was split up with Dispit and the associated land being retained by Mr Landau. The company reverted back to its original business of quarrying and waste disposal.
  Paul Landau took over from his father as Managing Director and guided the company through a sustained period of successful trading over the next 10 to 15 years.

Mid 1970s

The business quickly established itself as the leading landfill operator in the area and an associate transport, excavation and plant hire business was formed.
  The Group extended its landfill operations with the acquisition of the former Little Weighton quarry and railway cutting immediately adjacent to the existing site.


After several years spent acquiring the land and obtaining the requisite planning permissions, the site started to accept waste from local businesses and waste management companies.


As Managing Director of a leather tannery in Hull, Edward Otto Landau recognised the increasing need for commercial and industrial waste disposal facilities.
  Following the Beeching cuts to the railways, Mr Landau discovered a small section of the former Hull to Barnsley railway line (just 5 miles from Hull City Centre) which ran through a disused quarry. He quickly spotted an opportunity to utilise the site for waste disposal purposes and formed Dispit Limited.

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Biowise Limited (trading as Wastewise) | UK Reg Company No: 04305295 | VAT Registration No: 789122107
Registered Office: Albion Lane, Willerby, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU10 6TS