What a load of rubbish

An experience that had one of the biggest impacts on my life was also one of the filthiest, writes Robert Zarywacz of the North Devon Journal. Nothing prepared me for the visit to a massive landfill site some 20 years ago when I was covering the opening of a landfill gas power generation plant. I was totally surrounded by mountains of stinking, rotting rubbish, all of it generated by us. I believe all young people should visit a landfill site to realise the environmental impact of our consumer lifestyle and understand the importance of sustainability.

Students gain experience from SWM

Students on Petroc’s Foundation degree course in Environment Management recently visited SWM’s state-of-the-art Waste Recycling Transfer Station in South Molton as part of their studies. SWM guided the students, kitted up with hard hats and safety goggles, around the site, where it sorts waste collected from commercial customers for recycling. The students examined SWM’s Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), installed as part of a £1 million investment, which enables it to sort and segregate both co-mingled material and source-separated waste.

Petroc Partnership

SWM welcomed students and staff from Petroc's Sustainable Resource Management course to the South Molton transfer station. Students were able to see how waste is separated, discuss the advantages of a material recycling facility and the responsible management of resources.

Great Personal Achievements

We are proud to announce that our investment in continuous personal development has seen eight of our colleagues gain new qualifications.  
Dave Brown (pictured)
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Facilities Services
Nicole George
AAT Level 2 in Accounting (Petroc) 

Investors in People

SWM has joined the Investors in People programme and is working toward Bronze accreditation. 

Being awarded Investors in people accreditation is a sign of excellence, a great employer and an outperforming place to work. 

We believe that making the right investments in our people is a smart choice and we look forward to going through the steps to achieve accreditation. This will help us to embed the values of continuous improvement by engaging our people in the process of change.




£460 Raised for Charity

SWM has raised £460 through a collection tin at our Metals Division in South Molton and are delighted to be able to split the funds to support both CLIC Sargent and Cancer Research. Director, Raymond Penfold is pictured presenting a cheque for £230 to Helen Glass, Treasurer CLIC Sargent North Devon Branch Voluntary Fund Raising Group. We would like to extend our thanks to all those who have contributed.

Kim Tucker receives Best Student award

Kim Tucker won 'Best Student' on the AAT Certificate in Accounting Level 2 course and was pictured being given her award by Diane Diamon at Petroc's Department of Leadership and Higher Technical Skills Presentation evening, held at the  Barnstaple Hotel on Wednesaday 23rd March 2016.

“Everyone at SWM is extremely proud of Kim and her achievement and this is a justifiable reward for all of her hard work and dedication.”


SWM supports campaign to highlight talent in disabled workers

MANY businesses in North Devon are unaware of the benefits people who live with disabilities can bring to their companies. That's the message of a new campaign which aims to encourage businesses to recognise the skills of disabled people.

FREE waste and environmental health check

The South West’s leading independent waste management and recycling company SWM are offering a FREE waste and environmental health check to local businesses.

The health check will identify ways in which you could become more efficient in managing your waste, save money and build sustainable environmentally friendly practices. Environmental responsibility and sustainability is based on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the future, and SWM are fully committed to this.

State of the art vehicle technology to reduce carbon and maximise efficiency

Expanding the SWM Fleet

Further investment in a state of the art, 460 bhp, 44 tonne drawbar combination Renault equipped lorry has been made in the latest addition to our fleet. The vehicle has the most up to date engine management technology to help minimise our carbon footprint and fuel consumption along with the highest standard of operator safety and comfort. The vehicle even has the ability to carry two large roll on roll off containers at once for maximum efficiency. Keep an eye out for it on the roads of the South West.