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‘Zero to Landfill’ sustainable commercial waste firm DCW celebrates 30 years

Leading independent commercial waste management firm DCW is celebrating 30 years in business, bringing sustainable waste collection to companies across Devon and Cornwall.

DCW was the first company to introduce Zero to Landfill solutions to the south west region, ensuring that all materials that can be recycled, are – and that nothing ends up in landfill. It expanded its operations from Devon and borders to the whole of Cornwall in December last year.

A highlight of the company’s anniversary year will be the opening of its new 1,300m2 headquarters on Marsh Barton Industrial Estate in Exeter.

Founder and managing director Simon Almond started the business in 1989 with a £400 investment. In 1991 its first transfer station was opened in Stoke Canon and in 1994 its first skip lorry was purchased. DCW opened a small recycling centre in Exeter in 2000 and, following a series of purchases, by 2012 the business was in a position to buy the old Renwicks car showroom in Marsh Barton and convert it into a state-of-the-art processing site. The facility was destroyed by fire in 2017.

DCW managing director, Simon Almond, said: “Our 30th anniversary year is not only a terrific moment worthy of great celebration, it’s a deeply significant one for the business, with the opening of our new HQ later in the year just one of a string of significant milestones coming up.

“Our operating environment has changed out of all recognition since 1989. 30 years ago there was no Environment Agency, no landfill tax and very little in the way of recycling, apart from metals and cardboard. Plastic wasn’t so widely used, but what there was wasn’t recycled. Some things do get better!”

DCW is a leading provider of commercial waste management services in Devon, Cornwall and bordering areas of 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 reduces CO2 emissions.

For more information about DCW’s Zero to Landfill service, visit or call 01392 537126.

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