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SUEZ expands UK footprint with DCW acquisition

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has expanded its commercial collections business having acquired DCW (Devon Contract Waste).

Founded in 1989, Exeter-based DCW provides recycling and waste management services to its commercial customer base across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

The acquisition of DCW expands SUEZ’s offer in the south-west with recycling solutions for food waste, glass, and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and confidential data destruction solutions.

With the purchase of DCW, SUEZ reinforces its footprint in this geographic area, which forms a key part of the company’s international growth ambitions, with a target to reach 40 per cent turnover from international markets by 2027.

Speaking about the acquisition, Sabrina Soussan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for SUEZ group said: “Coming just 10 months after we re-integrated the recycling and recovery UK business back into SUEZ, the acquisition of DCW is testament to our commitment to realising the opportunities presented by the UK market, a strategic growth area for us. Bringing DCW’s collection and processing business into our operations provides customers with an end-to-end solution for their waste streams.”

John Scanlon, Chief Executive Officer for SUEZ recycling and recovery UK added: “With values aligned to SUEZ’s triple bottom line approach and offering excellent customer service, DCW is a great addition to SUEZ’s business. The acquisition will see us develop our regional footprint and create greater flexibility for our customers across the full range of recycling and recovery services we offer. Significant change lies ahead for commercial waste and recycling collections and, with our wealth of experience and in house sector experts, SUEZ are well placed to help DCW’s customers navigate this period of uncertainty whilst continuing to deliver high quality services.”

Simon Almond, Managing Director for DCW said: “I’m proud to have spent over a quarter of a century building DCW to become a leading independent recycling and waste management operator in the south west. We have been careful to find a buyer for our family business that shares our values and commitment to innovation and outstanding customer service – with its strong regional network, wealth of experience and commitment to enhancing the environment and adding value to the communities where it operates, SUEZ was the natural choice for taking the business forward.”

DCW employees and a fleet of 37 trucks operating out of three depots, and a transfer and sorting operation in Exeter will transfer to SUEZ.

DCW Polymers is a separate business that is not part of the acquisition and will continue to operate run by the Almond family.


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