Devon waste firm makes furniture range from old plastic wheelie bins and kayaks

A waste disposal company in Exeter has launched a range of patio furniture made entirely from plastic waste it collects from companies across the Southwest.

DCW has invested more than £ 25,000 in a new plastic processing line, making it the only company in the South West that turns collected plastic waste into recycled furniture.

The new facility, located at Exeter’s specialist plastics processing facility, DCW Polymers, melts the shredded plastic waste and forms it into posts and boards, which are then used into weatherproof furniture and garden products such as picnic benches, tables, chairs, fences, posts and decking .

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The range is set to be unveiled at Toby’s Garden Festival, hosted by television gardener Toby Buckland from June 11th to 12th at Powderham Castle near Exeter.

Simon Almond, DCW managing director, hopes that the new garden range will reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste.

He said, “We strongly believe that making a circular economy a reality is the way to go when it comes to tackling plastic waste in the Southwest. We are constantly striving to find ways in which we can bring waste plastic granules back into the manufacturing industry in order to reduce the need for new plastic products. After months of testing and ironing out the kinks, we are pleased to bring the DCW 100% recycled garden series onto the market. “

The furniture and products made of plastic are maintenance-free and, unlike wood or metal, do not rot, splinter or corrode and do not require painting or creosote. The products are made entirely from plastic waste collected by companies in the Southwest, such as buckets, tubs, boxes, DVD cases, bottle caps and even kayaks and old trash cans.

DCW Polymers is the only specialist plastics recycling and reprocessing facility south of Bridgwater that recycles commercial plastic waste from companies in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

This new kit now sits alongside the state-of-the-art shredder system for £ 280,000 that DCW bought in 2020. This converts bulky plastic waste into plastic granulates, which are then sold to the processing industry.

DCW moved into its new enviro hub building in February after a fire destroyed its old headquarters in 2017.

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Gardening expert, TV presenter and author Toby Buckland said: “The innovative work done by DCW in recycling plastic waste is fantastic and exactly what the Southwest needs. Sustainable living is a growing priority and their pioneering efforts to turn waste destined for landfill into useful and beautiful patios and furniture are brilliant. Hats off to Simon and the DCW team! “

DCW empties more than 16,000 containers every week from over 6,000 companies in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. It was the first company in the Southwest to offer a zero-to-landfill solution, meaning that all materials are recyclable. DCW’s zero-to-landfill solution supports the waste management and recycling industry by providing materials for further processing, recycling and manufacturing. In addition to the Zero to Landfill service for mixed commercial waste, DCW also offers special disposal services such as data destruction, chemical and WEEE disposal and site clearance.

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