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Introducing the DCW Circular Economy Scheme

New Opt-in Recycling Scheme Launching in January 2020

Would you like your business to do more to help the environment? It can, with our new opt-in sustainable recycling scheme launching in January 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 is being 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

To view the full DCW Circular Economy Scheme brochure, please click here.

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