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About Clearwater - UK specialist waste management

For 30 years, Clearwater has contributed to the improvement of our environment. Investment in technology, improved waste management, our staff and our facilities are the foundations of our future...

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At Clearwater, we are firmly established as one of the UK's leading waste management providers, offering an impressive range of waste management services and solutions to local authorities, heavy industry and commercial businesses.

Known for our expertise, service excellence and for working in partnership with clients, we aim to offer a seamless, quality service that reduces the impact of waste on the environment and the local community. Clearwater promotes minimisation, reuse and recycling wherever and whenever possible.

Adapting to the ever-changing world

The waste management industry in the UK has undergone many changes in the past decade. Increasing regulation has been introduced with the ultimate aim of reducing the UK's traditional reliance on landfill disposal. Clearwater is at the forefront of meeting these industry challenges, and we're committed to the principle of sustainable waste management.

Clearwater takes care of customer requirements in a professional and timely manner, achieving a balance between efficient and cost-effective waste management and keeping the environment safe.

We believe our strong reputation and commitment to development will lead to us becoming Britain's largest independent waste management provider.

UK-wide operations

The Clearwater Waste Management headquarters in Boden Street, Glasgow, operates a brand new treatment facility, which was one of the first waste treatment sites in the UK to be issued with the new PPC licence.

With offices across the UK, we provide services to the major towns and cities across England and Scotland, such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester, London, Nottingham, Newcastle, Derby, Bristol, Leeds and York.

Our history

  • An entrepreneurial start

    Clearwater was started nearly 30 years ago by Jim Pitcairn. It started from a Farm steading in Bellshill. The business was built on the back of the steelmaking industry. Clearwater provided Industrial services to their plants at Dalziel, Motherwell and Clydebridge, Cambuslang.

  • Expanding support for further industries

    Clearwater quickly grew to supply their services to other industries out with steel manufacturing. Investment in our hazardous waste treatment and waste management processing technology earned us the ability to work with the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, power generation and other utilities industries.

  • New company registered

    Clearwater DC 2001 Ltd was finally formed to deliver our refined set of waste management and industrial services. Our new business plan set out to support our staff with further education and skill improvement courses.

  • Glasgow facilities expansion

    Having operated out of Pomadie in Glasgow - the old Shell terminus - for 6 years, the ambitions of the company and the volume of work meant that moving forward required a custom-built, licensed, waste management facility which would support the growth over the next decade, at least.

  • East Midlands business development

    Supporting the growth of our industrial services to partners in to the far reaches of the United Kingdom, the Clearwater board invested heavily in the team and facilities at Corby. The expansion of the Midlands site supported the steel industry and legislative requirements for carbon management.

  • Transport hub expansion

    Investment in Uddingston, North Lanarkshire, provided location for our expanding rigid fleet. The provision of this ideal transport hub meant that our operating times could be reduced and increase efficiency for our customers.

Emergency Enquiries


In an emergency, Clearwater can respond with a fast, accountable, integrated service which combines site, tank and spillage cleaning, bulk or container decanting and interceptor cleaning.

We have used Clearwater for the past 14 years and have always been completely satisfied with their performance. Clearwater have been professional and fully compliant with all safety measures and conducted themselves with integrity.

- Phil at BAM Nuttall