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The Best Recycling Initiatives Across The Globe

Here at Devon Contract Waste, we do our very best to be a positive force for the environment by recycling all of the waste that we handle and ensuring that we send as little as possible to landfill sites. However, there are some far more radical projects happening all over the world that we’re in awe of. Here we’ve compiled just a few of our favourites.

Shipping Container Homes and Offices

Utilising shipping containers for buildings has become much more popular over the past few years. Retail and food complexes like Box Park in London and Cargo in Bristol are leading the way, but the trend has even expanded to homes. Shipping containers are now being used as a cheap alternative to properties and puts old, disused shipping containers to good use.

A Bridge Made of Paper Tubes

Shigeru Ban – a Japanese architect – made an entire bridge out of cardboard tubes for six months in 2007. Spanning the Gardon River in the South of France, this bridge exhibited just how powerful card and paper can be as the bridge could hold up to 20 people at once! Although it had to be shut before the rainy season, the project could set a precedent for more permanent solutions.

Liter of Light

We under appreciate our access to electric light here in the West. However, for many millions of people living in poverty, electric lights are not a reality. However, the Liter of Light project came up with a solution by using plastic bottles, filled with bleach to stop mould, as filters for sunlight into the home. These bottles can be used as lights which are equivalent to a 55 watt light bulb and the company has now spread across the Philippines, Pakistan, India and a number of other developing nations.


Billions of tyres are wasted around the world constantly and, as rubber does not decay easily, this can pose a huge problem for the environment. However, an innovative company named Indosole decided they were going to do something about it by turning all of that rubber into hand-crafted shoes and sandals. Not only does this help to reduce landfill site waste, it also provides cheap shoes to people living in poverty in Indonesia.

Devon Contract Waste: A Waste Management Company With Recycling at Its Core

At Devon Contract Waste, we’re committed to recycling as much of the waste that we handle as possible which is why we run a ‘Zero To Landfill’ policy. If you are in need of an environmentally friendly waste management service in the South West, look no further.

To find out more, contact us today. You can find us at our headquarters at DCW Transfer Station, Thorverton Road, Matford Business Park, Exeter, EX2 8FS, call us on 01392 690 193 or email us at

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