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Introducing The DCW Circular Economy Scheme

Would you like your business to do more to help the environment? It can, with our new opt-in sustainable recycling scheme which launched in January 2020.


New Opt-in Recycling Scheme Launched for 2020

Since we were established in 1989, we’ve been a trailblazer for recycling in the South West. As an independent local operator based in Devon, we were the first company in the South West to offer a Zero to Landfill solution, meaning that all materials that can be recycled, are. Other companies have since copied us, but we remain the only Zero to Landfill company in the South West to process general waste, rather than sending all resources to waste-to-energy.

Building on our Zero to Landfill credentials, we want to do even more to improve our rates of recycling in the South West, by improving the quality of the waste we process.

Introducing our new opt-in Circular Economy Scheme

The DCW Circular Economy Scheme has been introduced to improve the quality of recycling, eliminate waste and promote the continual use of resources, by separating waste at source. This in turn will create a more effective economy and reduce the environmental impact of our production and consumption in both the UK and abroad.

At DCW, we are still the only waste management company in the South West that extracts recycling from mixed commercial waste as well as the mixed recycling bins – all other waste companies send their general waste direct to landfill or to waste to energy. On average, our approach achieves an overall recycling rate of 44%. However, at DCW we want to take it a step further with the help of our clients.

Our Vision

DCW has a vision to create a sustainable circular economy for commercial recycling in the South West. To achieve this we need your help to improve the quality of our recycling and help the environment.

Why are these new measures necessary?

The recycling industry has never seen such dramatic change in recycling markets and public awareness, especially around plastics. We have a responsibility to act and at DCW, we are investing millions here in the South West to ensure recycling produced in the area stays in the area.

You may have read in the news recently that there have been increasing restrictions on the exportation of waste overseas, including a crisis situation for EU paper recyclers after China closed its doors to waste imports. Shipping waste around the world was always unsustainable, which is why DCW is processing its waste here in the UK.

The whole collection process is changing to meet the quality standards now required with recycling, to ensure it can be processed here in the UK – creating jobs and reducing CO2.

How you can help

By separating your recycling at source into separate sacks (one for tin/cans, one for plastic bottles and one for paper and cardboard stacked separately), we can increase the recycling rate up to 94% – that’s a 50% increase on recycling that we’ll achieve through the DCW Circular Economy Scheme.

What does the DCW Circular Economy Scheme mean for my business?

From 1st January 2020, we are inviting our customers to opt-in to our new DCW Circular Economy Scheme.

All DCW customers can register on a voluntary basis to participate in the new Scheme, whereby they sort their waste into separate bags for tin/cans, plastic bottles and poly, and paper (magazines and newspapers etc) to help improve how much of their waste can be recycled. Clients with larger volumes of clean poly/shrink wrap or cardboard can deposit it in the bin as it is. DCW will collect the waste from the bins provided in the usual way.

How do I sign up?

DCW is the first company to introduce these new measures in the South West. We hope that you’ll support us in improving recycling rates, thereby making a sustainable change that will have a positive impact on our environment.

Registering for the initiative is simple and the only ongoing cost implication is the plastic bags for sorting the waste, which are recyclable and available for purchase at cost price – £5 for a roll of 50 bags (10p each). For customers with cardboard waste, rolls of tape are also available for purchase from DCW to bind the card, avoiding the cost of an additional bin.

Once registered, you will receive a pack including a wall poster guide to sorting your waste and you’ll get your first roll of plastic waste bags for free. You’ll also receive a window sticker and logo for your premises and website to show your commitment to becoming a greener business through the DCW Circular Economy Scheme.

To find out more about the DCW Circular Economy Scheme or to opt-in, simply call the DCW team on 01392 537126 or email

What our customers say

We are proud that so many of our customers come back to us every time for all their commercial waste disposal needs. You can find out more about what our customers think below.

“GK Signs have been using DCW for a number of years to manage the collection and disposal of our waste. Initially, our relationship was formed to service our site in Exeter, Devon, but this has now developed into a national agreement. DCW are always able to meet our requirements, which can at times be demanding. From the office support through to delivery drivers, DCW are very flexible and fully support GK Signs.”
Colin Green,
GK Signs Ltd Via email
"Like all companies, this period has been difficult for Twofour Group Ltd. However, we are successfully attempting to return to some form of normal working practices and with the assistance of efficient and adaptable contractors, this goal is hopefully easier to achieve. DCW are without doubt the best waste contractor that we have dealt with, in my 13 years at this company... I would have no hesitation in recommending DCW with their 'Zero to landfill' ethos being an important virtue with our company."
Graham K. McCormick,
Twofour Group Ltd Via email
"As always if you have a problem DCW will help. We have a depot over 200 miles away from the main site that needed help with waste management. One quick email to DCW and the issue was quickly resolved. The simplicity of having all the waste managed from one place and one number to call for help make this a superb company for national services with a local approach."
Justin Holloway,
Bandvulc Tyres Ltd Via email
"We've been DCW customers for about 3 years, maybe longer. Their zero to landfill promise aligns with our ideals, and makes our tenants very happy. They don't need to sort their waste to know that if it's recyclable, it gets recycled. Zero hassle, zero to landfill. Accounts and customer services staff have always been very helpful and friendly.

If you haven't tried them, what have you got to lose?"
Rhiannon, Hub Manager,
Tavistock Enterprise Hub Via twitter
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"As a business we strive to maximise waste for recycling, however as a busy exhibition and conference centre found it difficult with traders not necessarily caring of the way in which they dispose of waste. In working with DCW, we have been able to achieve our ambitions and easily, thanks to the fantastic technology they use. We are now proudly recycling the vast majority of waste generated."
Sarah Rich, Events Manager,
Westpoint, Exeter
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"DCW has provided a sterling service to Supacat Ltd. They offer a timely response to enquiries, and their customer service is second to none. DCW has helped us to improve our environmental performance and reduce costs."
Rosie Piper, Sales & Marketing Admin,
Supacat Ltd
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“After experiencing a series of inconsistent collections and communication difficulties with our previous waste management provider, we switched to DCW who now handle our general waste and recycling requirements for our two sites in Somerset. We are extremely happy with the excellent service we receive from DCW. The transfer process was easy and simple and it’s handy to have a monthly call with the team. Even though DCW offers competitive rates, we primarily switched to this local recycling company for a better service as our previous provider was unreliable. I cannot fault the DCW team’s work and I look forward to working with them in the foreseeable future.”
Tristan Savage, Managing Director,
Falcon Vehicle Solutions
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“We’ve been dealing with DCW for several years now and I am constantly grateful to them for their knowledge and ability to respond to the currently ever-changing situations for the education sector. Always there at the end of the phone when the latest Covid guidance for schools changes and we have to adapt our processes. It’s nice to not have to worry about the waste chain when there is so much else to consider at the moment."
Jamie Halse, Estates Manager,
Stover School
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“Effective recycling is hugely important if we are to tackle the plastic pollution problem, and we are pleased to be working with DCW with our joint focus on continuous improvement.”
Becky Blench, PR and Social Media Assistant,
Riverford Organic Farmers
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"It’s great that we have this option to recycle, absolutely fantastic, as it’s a lot of plastic and a lot of cardboard!"
Parade Stores
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"We are so excited to be able to open Roly’s Fudge in Bude and to link up with DCW. To know that we will have zero waste going to landfill is a huge factor in choosing to partner with DCW. Not only that but we have experienced great service too in all of our collections and any communications between us."
Roly's Fudge Pantry
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"Minimising our environmental footprint in an important value for BakeryBits and so making sure that the waste we do generate is handled properly is essential. DCW does this – also phone calls and emails are replied to quickly and helpfully, which for us, sets DCW apart."
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Contact Your Local Commercial Waste Experts Today

Serving commercial clients in Exeter and across Devon, as well as bordering areas of Somerset and Cornwall, we help commercial organisations of all sizes to dispose of their waste quickly and efficiently.

Our commercial waste services cover the collection and disposal of general, paper and cardboard, timber, plastic, glass and metal waste materials, all of which are recycled where possible. Any waste that cannot be recycled is sent for incineration at an Energy for Waste centre, enabling us to honour our Zero to Landfill commitment. Serving commercial clients in Exeter and across Devon, as well as bordering areas of Somerset and Cornwall, we help commercial organisations of all sizes to dispose of their waste quickly and efficiently. We are the only company in this part of the UK that is committed to recycling as much waste as possible and to maintaining a Zero to Landfill policy in the process, making us the perfect partner for local companies that wish to enhance their environmental credentials. To find out for yourself why we are widely acknowledge to be the leading commercial waste recycling company in this area of the United Kingdom, call and speak to us about your requirements today.

Contact the Experienced
Team at DCW

Contact DCW for a cost effective and sustainable waste management solution. For a no obligation quote complete the form or call today on:

Cornwall: 01872 304 602
Exeter: 01392 690 193
Plymouth: 01752 429 565
Taunton: 01823 215 483

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