Devon Contract Waste (DCW) has opened a £1.2m distribution hub in Exeter, months after a previous facility was destroyed by fire.
The 1.2-acre facility on Matford Business Park triples the company’s handling capacity to 300,000 tonnes of waste a year.
A previous facility on Marsh Barton Trading Estate, DCW’s envirohub, was destroyed by fire in March.
The hub, originally intended to serve as a data destruction facility, now houses a sorting line. Mixed waste will be baled and transported on empty returning HGVs to be processed by supply partner Oakleaf at its London facility.
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DCW managing director Simon Almond (pictured) said: “When the devastating fire struck our envirohub we were already building our new facility on Matford Business Park, and were able to repurpose the unfinished site immediately and divert our vehicle fleet in order to maintain our high standards of service delivery.
“We are now in a strong position to focus on the redevelopment of our envirohub site and are looking ahead positively to the future.”
The construction of the hub has been boosted by a grant of £80,000 from the South West Growth Fund, which aims to support transformational projects throughout the south-west to unlock £22m of private investment.