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SWM Celebrate 60 Years Serving North Devon

Updated: Nov 14, 2019



On the 14th of July SWM will celebrate 60 Years Serving North Devon. Started in 1959 by Ray and Vashtie Penfold, or Mr and Mrs P as they were commonly known, R Penfold & Son went on to become South Molton Metals. In 2002 SWM was incorporated to accommodate the growing emphasis and demand for integrated waste management systems; which has enabled more waste streams to be processed and transformed into useful resource. In 2011 everything was brought under the SWM & Waste Recycling banner to reflect the growing regional presence of the company.


Today the company is jointly owned by Ray and Vashtie’s son Raymond and nephew Shawn Akers who are rightfully proud of what the business has achieved; the local employment it offers and the wide range of services it provides.


During its 60 years the company has faced many challenges, more recently those challenges have included environmental demands and sustainable waste solutions. Despite this SWM has continued to invest in order to keep pace with and lead the way in bringing about new initiatives that have helped many North Devon businesses meet stringent compliance criteria.


From humble beginnings rooted in scrap metal recycling the company has come a long way to become a leading provider of integrated waste management services in the South West, with an increasing blue chip client list and state-of-the-art recycling capabilities.


The company plans to mark the occasion by holding a companywide fun day and BBQ at its Roundswell headquarters on Saturday July 13th.

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