Devon Contract Waste supports life-saving service across Devon

A uniformed trustee of Devon Freewheelers shakes hands with Devon Contract Waste MD Simon Almond in front of a Freewheeler motorcycle and DCW car

Exeter-based waste management company Devon Contract Waste has donated £3500 to Devon Freewheelers, a life-saving charity providing voluntary out of hours transport for blood and medical supplies across Devon.

The donation could provide enough fuel to cover 49,000 miles of life-saving journeys around Devon or 14 sets of replacement tyres to maintain the road safety of the motorcycle fleet; both essential contributions to the charity’s running costs, which reach £150,000 per year.

Simon Almond, Managing Director at Devon Contract Waste, commented: “We are proud to support a number of local charities and help the Devon community.  Devon Freewheelers provides an indispensable service to our local NHS that simply could not operate without donations and I’m delighted that our donation will help them to travel many crucial miles.”

Russell Roe, Trustee and Treasurer at Devon Freewheelers commented: “Our dedicated team of volunteers carried out more than 1400 life saving journeys in 2016 and have already ridden nearly 300 trips this year. Without the support of the community, the out of hours movement of urgent blood samples and whole blood, breast milk, medication and other supplies would be slowed down significantly. The generous donation from Devon Contract Waste is a tremendous gift which will contribute to the running of our fleet and ensure that our volunteers can continue to deliver our service across Devon.”

Devon Contract Waste is a leading provider of commercial waste management services in Devon and bordering areas of Cornwall and Somerset. The company collects mixed waste from its clients in a single vehicle, reducing the number of journeys made and minimising its CO2 emissions. Each time a bin is emptied, around 3.04kg of CO2 is emitted, so collecting waste in a single bin rather than separating it into different containers also reduces CO2 emissions.

A message from Simon Almond, Managing Director, Devon Contract Waste Ltd

Following a fire at Devon Contract Waste’s Envirohub recycling plant overnight, Simon Almond, Managing Director, Devon Contract Waste Ltd commented:

“It is with a sad heart that I have to announce our Envirohub recycling plant on Marsh Barton Road, Exeter has suffered a major fire overnight.

“I can confirm no one has been injured in the incident and that the fire has been contained by Devon & Somerset Fire Service.

“Thankfully, due to the prompt actions of the fire officers and the bravery of a number of Devon Contract Waste’s staff, we were able to save the entire fleet of vehicles. This means that service for all our clients will be undertaken as normal and collections will be made as usual. Alternative arrangements to deal with all waste have already been put in place.

“We hope to have telephone and email systems up and running later today from an alternative site.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our staff and customers for their support and understanding at this challenging time.

“We would also like to thank the Devon & Somerset Fire Service for their tireless work throughout the night to bring the fire under control.

“We are working closely with local authorities and utility companies to minimise disruption to local business.”

Devon Contract Waste invests in new purpose-built facility

Devon Contract Waste data destruction centre under construction on Matford Business Park

Devon Contract Waste is expanding its sector-leading operation with the construction of a new data destruction centre, due to open summer 2017.

The company has invested £260,000 in the new, purpose-built, 7,000 sq ft data destruction facility on Exeter’s Matford Business Park, with 20% support from the South West Growth Fund, to expand its already impressive confidential waste handling capacity to 15,000 tonnes per year. The building will also provide storage for baled plastic produced at Devon Contract Waste’s state-of-the-art Envirohub to create more space for general waste processed under the company’s Zero to Landfill programme.

The new data destruction facility will extend existing provision for confidential data disposal which begins with the provision by Devon Contract Waste of secure storage units at a clients’ premises, which are then collected and transported to the destruction centre. Confidential waste undergoes a high security process carried out by Devon Contract Waste’s DBS-checked employees and accredited to UKAS ISO 9001:2008 to ensure that personal, financial, staff and customer details are protected.

Commenting on the new facility, Simon Almond, Managing Director at Devon Contract Waste said: “The opening of our new data destruction centre will create six new jobs and free up valuable space at our Envirohub which carries out general waste processing. We’ve been experiencing significant demand for our data destruction services and I look forward to further expanding and improving our service to clients.”

Devon Contract Waste is the first and only company in the South West to offer a Zero to Landfill waste solution, meaning that all materials that may be recycled, are.

The company is a leading provider of commercial waste management services in Devon and bordering areas of Cornwall and Somerset. It collects mixed waste from clients in a single vehicle, reducing the number of journeys made and minimising its CO2 emissions. Each time a bin is emptied, around 3.04kg of CO2 is emitted, so collecting waste in a single bin rather than separating it into different containers also reduces CO2 emissions.

Devon Contract Waste helps Pathfinder Homes find the path to Zero to Landfill

An innovative Exeter-based waste management company has secured a brand new contract worth circa £80,000 with Pathfinder Homes Ltd of Newton Abbot.

Devon Contract Waste is now providing a full waste management service for Pathfinder Homes, a pioneering manufacturer of luxurious residential park homes and holiday lodges since 1958.

The new contract has already seen Pathfinder Homes make an impressive start on its journey to becoming a Zero to Landfill business with the help of Devon Contract Waste, diverting 76% of its waste from landfill in the first two months. Devon Contract Waste collects mixed waste from Pathfinder Homes’ head office situated at Heathfield near Newton Abbot which is then sorted at its unique Envirohub in Exeter, which can handle 75,000 tonnes of waste each year. The Envirohub is home to state-of-the-art sorting equipment that efficiently sorts all mixed non-food, non-glass waste, meaning every piece of waste that can be recycled is sorted and processed.

Simon Almond, Managing Director at Devon Contract Waste commented: “We are delighted to welcome Pathfinder Homes to our expanding roster of Devon businesses that are choosing to work towards a greener South West with our innovative Zero to Landfill service. We collect general waste, construction, timber, plasterboard and hazardous waste from Pathfinder Homes to ensure all materials that may be recycled, are. All the waste is either processed at our Envirohub in Exeter, or passed on for onward processing, recycling and manufacturing. Thanks to our state-of-the-art equipment which sorts mixed waste into a variety of specific recycling categories, nothing that can possibly be recycled is sent to landfill.”

Simon continued: “We look forward to working with Pathfinder Homes for many years to come and are already very pleased with the progress we have achieved so far in helping the business become Zero to Landfill.”

Devon Contract Waste is the first and only company in the South West to offer a Zero to Landfill solution, meaning that all materials that may be recycled, are.

Adrian Harlock, Operations Manager at Pathfinder Homes Ltd commented: “Pathfinder Homes recently carried out a review of how the business disposes of waste materials and as part of the review we were keen to enter into a partnership. It is early days but the Devon Contract Waste team must be commended for the support provided during this transition. The daily visits, training and support has been invaluable.”

Adrian added: “Pathfinder Homes is proud to be working towards Zero to Landfill with Devon Contract Waste.”
Devon Contract Waste is a leading provider of commercial waste management services in Devon and bordering areas of Cornwall and Somerset. The company collects mixed waste from its clients in a single vehicle, reducing the number of journeys made and minimising its CO2 emissions. Each time a bin is emptied, around 3.04kg of CO2 is emitted, so collecting waste in a single bin rather than separating it into different containers also reduces CO2 emissions.

Major investment sees Devon Contract Waste increase baling capacity by 75,000 tonnes per year

Exeter-based waste management company Devon Contract Waste has invested £326,000 in a new industrial baler to cope with increased demand for its Zero to Landfill service across Devon and Somerset.

The new baler, built in Somerset by Middleton Engineering, is capable of baling 100,000 tonnes of waste per year if used to its maximum capacity. Devon Contract Waste plans to operate it on a five-day single-shift pattern, which will double baling capacity from 75,000 to 150,000 tonnes per year. If it were operated 24/7 alongside the company’s existing baler, total baling capacity at Devon Contract Waste would exceed 400,000 tonnes per year, which means that there is further room for growth, should demand continbaler-collageue to increase.

The baler has been specially designed by Middleton Engineering and is configured to the layout of Devon Contact Waste’s unique Envirohub on Marsh Barton industrial estate. The installation means that Devon Contract Waste now has the largest capacity for baling waste anywhere in the city.

“Investing in a second baler is a major milestone for us,” said Simon Almond, managing director of Devon Contract Waste. “Our Zero to Landfill solution is unique in the south west and demand is rapidly increasing for a service that doesn’t require customers to sort their own waste and ensures that nothing goes to landfill. By installing the new baler we are not only ensuring that we can effectively fulfill the demands of our waste collection services at the moment, we’re also giving ourselves plenty of extra capacity to expand further in the future as we continue to divert more and more waste from Devon’s landfill sites, many of which are already under severe pressure.”

The new baler joins the existing plant at Devon Contract Waste’s Envirohub, the only one of its kind in the south west, which 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, meaning the waste does not have to be pre-sorted by the customer.

Up to 68% of waste materials are sorted, baled and sold for onward processing to create new materials and products in a wide variety of industries. The remaining materials that cannot be recycled – 30–35% – are sent to energy from waste plants, so nothing is landfilled.

Zero to Landfill: Not just for Devon!

In April this year, Devon Contract Waste acquired the commercial waste arm of established waste management business, Wellington Waste, in Somerset, gaining around 300 new trade waste customers. We’re now nearly six months into our expansion into Wellington and we’re pleased to report that feedback has been hugely positive.

Many businesses are enjoying the benefits of our Zero to Landfill service, especially as separating their recyclable waste is a thing of the past (with the exception of food and glass), and they’re proud to have started their Zero to Landfill journey.

Paul Broom of Brumers Bikes Z10 Westpark, a former client of Wellington Waste, commented: “The change over from Wellington Waste to DCW has been seamless and professional, very efficient service and a pleasure to do business with.”

Since Devon Contract Waste started, our client base has surpassed our name, as we now operate beyond our Devon heartland and currently run collections in parts of north and east Cornwall and west Somerset. We’re passionate about diverting as much waste from the South West from landfill as possible, so if you are looking to simplify your business waste collection or know someone else who is, ask them to get in touch.

South Devon College Boosts Green Credentials

South Devon College reaffirms its commitment to being Zero to Landfill, after signing a brand new three-year contract with Devon Contract Waste for the management of the college’s waste collection.

Devon Contract Waste is the first and only company in the South West to offer a Zero to Landfill solution, meaning that all materials that can be recycled, are. Under the new contract, Devon Contract Waste will collect mixed waste from South Devon College to be sorted at its unique envirohub in Exeter, which can handle 75,000 tonnes of waste each year. The envirohub is home to state-of-the-art sorting equipment that efficiently sorts all mixed non-food, non-glass waste, meaning every piece of waste that can be recycled is sorted and processed.

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Dave Walker, Deputy Property Service Manager at South Devon College commented: “We’re really pleased to have signed a new agreement with Devon Contract Waste. It has helped the College in reducing our waste output over the past four years through talks to our students and being part of our sustainability ‘Go Green’ week. The College produces 353,767kg of waste each year, and by employing Devon Contract Waste we have been able to save up to 95% of our waste from going to landfill. It’s even better that we only have to put waste into one bin before it’s taken away and sorted at the envirohub.”

Dave continued: “We undertake a number of initiatives to ensure we operate as environmentally friendly as possible, including running sustainability courses as part of the College’s offer and the principles are embedded into all practical courses.”

The Paignton-based education centre joins an environmentally-conscious group of schools and colleges in the West Country that have chosen to become Zero to Landfill, including Exeter College, Bicton College, Exmouth Community College, Trinity School, St Peters Lympstone, South Dartmoor College and Bramdean School.

Simon Almond, managing director of Devon Contract Waste commented: “We’re delighted to be working with South Devon College – it’s great to see another college choosing to boost its green credentials and reduce its impact on the environment by using our Zero to Landfill service. Educating the younger generation is essential for creating a greener West Country, so we hope many more will follow in the footsteps of trailblazing establishments like South Devon College.”

Devon Contract Waste’s Zero to Landfill solution ensures up to 68% of waste materials are sorted, baled and sold for onward processing to create new materials and products in a wide variety of industries. The remaining materials that cannot be recycled – 30-35% – are sent to energy from waste plants so nothing is landfilled.

Exeter Business Raises the Roof for African Children’s Charity Project

An Exeter business has donated funds for essential building work at Child Hope Ministries, an orphanage in Uganda, as it helps put a roof over the heads of the charity’s growing number of vulnerable children.

children-at-child-hope-ministries-ugandaExeter-based waste management business Devon Contract Waste connected with the charity three years ago through a mutual friend who volunteered at the orphanage. Since then, the business has helped Child Hope Ministries founder Joram Muwanguzi develop a business plan to generate money, construct a school house, employ a full time teacher, and cover rent during difficult times while land for a new larger children’s home was purchased. Donations have so far exceeded £5,000.

Building has now begun on the new children’s home and Devon Contract Waste has donated vital funds for the building’s new roof. The donation of £1,000 will meet the cost of all roof supports and covering for the new home for 30 orphan children.

Exif_JPEG_420Simon Almond, Managing Director at Devon Contract Waste commented: “We are very proud to support Joram and Child Hope Ministries in the work they do to help the children lead a normal life with a solid education. We are receiving regular updates from Joram and it’s exciting to see the project coming together but there’s still a long way to go. We would like to encourage other Exeter businesses to get involved and donate by visiting Child Hope Ministries’ Give A Little webpage.”

Devon Contract Waste will continue to work closely with the charity’s founder to provide a safe home and education to children in the town of Jinja, Uganda, who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. The waste management business also supports other charitable projects in Mali and Kibera.

Joram Muwanguzi commented: “Simon and the family at Devon Contract Waste have brought much love from so far away to support our project during some very difficult times. I am very grateful for Simon and the Devon Contract Waste family for helping us achieve all that we have.”

To make a donation or to find out more about Child Hope Ministries, visit www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/childhope

Beyond Brexit: What’s in store for waste?

Now that Brexit has come to pass, what does the future hold for waste management? At this stage it’s hard to be sure, but having had lots of discussions with counterparts across the UK waste industry, there is a feeling that Brexit may not actually be as impactful on the short or long term as some may think.

The one possible effect we see is the cost of exporting RDF (refuse-derived fuel) to Europe with the decrease in value of the British pound, but we think that’s likely to be short term. In fact, we can report that for us, it has made no difference to date.

The UK waste industry is strong and is advancing well with new technology mainly driven by the private sector. There is still a fair amount of consolidation happening: a good thing for ensuring better load density on rounds, less CO2 produced and more investment opportunities.

Beyond Brexit, the South West waste industry is facing some huge changes following the closure of several landfill sites – some of which have been brought forward well ahead of expectations. This has resulted in a shortage in capacity to accept commercial and construction waste, with many transfer stations simply overwhelmed with waste and unable to accept any more. It’s a tough call to predict these events in terms of the right time to invest in order to increase capacity, but it seems many in the South West have been caught out.

At Devon Contract Waste we played the long game and invested early to create more capacity with future business growth and our expanding client base in mind. This has enabled us to remain competitive and control our costs in an environment where other companies are facing hugely increased gate fees at the remaining landfills and transfer stations. As landfills close, the pressure on existing sites will increase and operators will take advantage of the scarce resource they hold – naturally these will fill up quickly, pushing disposal options further away into Somerset and beyond.

The number of waste to energy plants are increasing, however they do not hold much capacity beyond the local authority contracts they were built for, and are only suitable for light commercial and domestic waste. Therefore these plants and are not the one stop answer for all waste streams, unlike our services.

2016 is going to be a challenging year for the waste industry, but our clients can have the peace of mind that their business waste will be completely taken care of at Devon Contract Waste, as so little of the waste we process can’t be sent for recycling after being sorted at our unique Envirohub.