Exeter-based waste management business Devon Contract Waste has taken over the commercial waste division of Somerset-based Wellington Waste in a deal that sees the Devon company acquire contracts worth around £220,000.
The takeover means approximately 300 trade waste customers have been transferred over to Devon Contract Waste’s Zero to Landfill service, with no interruption to collections. The deal is in-line with the company’s ambitious expansion plans, which aim to increase its market share of commercial waste collections within and beyond its Devon heartland and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill in the South West.
The Zero to Landfill service, the first and only one of its kind in the South West, means that all materials that may be recycled, are. Devon Contract Waste’s unique Envirohub is home to state-of-the-art sorting equipment that efficiently sorts all mixed non-food, non-glass waste. Every piece of waste that can be recycled is sorted and processed, saving the client time and reducing costs, as the waste does not have to be pre-sorted. Mixed waste is collected from, clients in a single vehicle, reducing the number of journeys made and minimising its CO2 emissions.
“Devon Contract Waste has got exciting plans for growth over the next five years and this deal allows us to expand our unique Zero to Landfill offering into Somerset,” said Simon Almond, managing director of Devon Contract Waste. “We believe our new customers will be delighted with the time and resources they’re able to save by not having to separate their waste and will benefit from the excellent green credentials being part of the Zero to Landfill solution will give them.
“Whilst it’s a fantastic business move for us, we also believe it’s another step towards reducing the amount sent to landfill in the region, which we’re incredibly passionate about. The equipment we’ve invested in at our Envirohub is unique in the South West in the way it sorts and extracts every piece of recyclable material possible, handling up to 75,000 tonnes each year. Literally nothing goes to waste, as what we can’t recycle is sent to energy from waste plants.”
Tony Palfrey, managing director of Wellington Waste commented: “We’re very happy to have sold our trade waste division to another local family run business that can offer a Zero to Landfill solution in the Somerset area. This means we now have more time to concentrate on our core business services including skip and tipper hire.”
Wellington Waste will continue to operate its domestic collections service as usual.