Devon Contract Waste acquires commercial arm of Wellington Waste

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.

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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.

Exeter business shortlisted for National Recycling Award

Exeter-based Devon Contract Waste, a leading provider of commercial waste management services in Devon and surrounding areas, has been shortlisted for the Resource Management Business of the Year award at this year’s National Recycling Awards. These awards recognise and highlight excellence and innovation throughout the recycling and resource management sector today.

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Simon Almond, Managing Director at Devon Contract Waste commented: “We’re delighted to have reached this stage in the awards. To be recognised for driving new standards in commercial resource management with our Zero to Landfill initiative and our Envirohub building is a huge boost. The waste management industry in the South West is an exciting and vibrant one in which to work and we’re pleased that our regional business has been shortlisted against three very strong contenders in the industry from across the UK.”

Simon continued: “We have invested a great amount of time and money in finding the best practices in sorting and collecting commercial waste, so being in with a chance of winning this prestigious award is fantastic.

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. The company’s unique Envirohub on Exeter’s Marsh Barton trading estate is home to state-of-the-art sorting equipment that efficiently sorts all mixed non-food, non-glass waste, which can handle 75,000 tonnes of waste each year. 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. 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, around 30-35%, are sent to energy from waste plants, so nothing is landfilled.

Winners of the National Recycling Awards 2016 will be announced at the awards ceremony on 6 July, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Last year’s event saw over 700 industry professionals gather to celebrate the achievements of the best companies in the waste and resources sector.

For more information about Devon Contract Waste and the services available visit or call 01392 361300.

Green waste recycling

7af0be02-5108-4070-8020-10ca700d6beaWe are partnered with South West Composting in Plymouth to encourage the diversion of garden waste from landfill.

We now offer the best rates available for domestic and commercial green waste producers in Devon and Somerset, including Plymouth, Exeter, Torbay and beyond.

Tipping fee of only £45.00 per tonne and competitive haulage rates. Bulk or bagged compost available at great prices.


BSL approved biomass woodchip


As part of our partnership with Southwest Composting we are now also able to supply BSL approved renewable heat biomass woodchip. This is available for collection or delivery in Devon throughout the year and is made from A & B grade waste wood collected from businesses in Devon, to produce heat in Devon.

Previously, all the wood we collected was shredded and exported to northern Europe for local heat and water systems, which diverted all materials from landfill. However, we believe using locally produced waste wood to heat schools, hotels and homes in the South West in place of fossil fuels is a better localised solution and we’re please to now be facilitating this.

Part of the challenge to encourage investment in the latest biomass boilers is to ensure there is a reliable local source of wood chip and this is where we come in with our new partnership. Southwest Composting has the shredding plant that can shred the green waste and timber, and then store it. We of course have the waste wood and the transport so by pooling our resources we have created a local sustainable renewable heating product.

To order your locally sourced Devon biomass woodchip, call 01392 361 300.

BSL authorisation number BSL0496840-0001

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During the last 10 years the recycling industry has seen some big changes and not all of them good.

In the early years, typically only cardboard and paper was separated and collected often by paper merchants.

As the waste industry gradually moved away from landfill, and recycling was in demand, they saw as did we, the opportunity to collect the card and paper themselves to bale it and sell it to the paper mills.

This developed from there as sorting plants came on line to a mixed recycling service where anything plastic, metal or paper could be mixed together in one bin. These materials even baled together at the height of the commodity market were achieving rebates of up to £50 a tonne – however this was short lived.

The biggest issue the industry faced with dry mixed recycling was contamination caused either by confusion, or the deliberate misuse of the bins simply as they were cheaper than a general waste bin.

This has now led to the industry reducing what is acceptable in a DMR bin, returning the contents to a cleaner but more restricted waste stream.

Quality is still the biggest challenge, so even the cleanest mixed recycling still has to be processed in a sorting plant to ensure it meets the stricter export rules introduced in 2013. This of course just adds pressure on the producer of the waste, to check bins are only used correctly by their staff to avoid rejected bins or penalties.

Find out more by downloading our “The hard truth about Recycling” leaflet