Devon Contract Waste celebrates launch of new Distribution Hub

Devon Contract Waste managing director, Simon Almond, stands in front of the new distribution hub

Devon Contract Waste is celebrating the launch of its new £1.2 million Distribution Hub on Matford Business Park. The construction of the 1.2 acre facility has been supported by the South West Growth Fund with a grant of £80,000, and ensures the company continues to drive its market leading position as the only provider of Zero to Landfill services in the South West.

Devon Contract Waste’s previous facility on Marsh Barton Trading Estate was destroyed by a devastating fire in March this year. The new Distribution Hub is equipped with the latest baling technology to triple the company’s waste handling capacity to 300,000 tonnes of waste per year, enabling the pioneering business to extend its services to more companies across Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.

Speaking about the launch of the Distribution Hub, Devon Contract Waste managing director, Simon Almond, commented: “When the devastating fire struck our Envirohub in March we were already building our new facility on Matford Business Park and were able to immediately repurpose the unfinished site and divert our vehicle fleet in order to maintain our usual high standards of service delivery. We very quickly reviewed what is best for our customers and for our business, and have designed the Distribution Hub to expand our waste handling capacity with the latest MacPresse baler and further improve the efficiency of our processes. We are now in a strong position to focus on the redevelopment of our Envirohub site and are looking ahead positively to the future.”

The Distribution Hub, originally intended to serve as a data destruction facility prior to the fire, has been repurposed to house a simple and efficient sorting line. Mixed waste will be baled and transported on empty returning HGVs to be processed by supply partner, Oakleaf, at its cutting edge London facility.

The construction of the Distribution Hub has been boosted by funding from the South West Growth Fund (SWGF), an £8.7 million grant programme supported by the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund.  The SWGF was secured and is managed by a partnership of the University of Plymouth, SWMAS Limited, South West Water and the Western Morning News.  The fund aims to support transformational projects in businesses throughout South West England, unlock £22 million of private investment and lead to the creation and safeguarding of 985 jobs.

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.