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Shrewsbury based Alan Ward Furniture was looking for a company that was able to provide a complete recycling and waste management solution as well as helping improve its environmental performance. A partnership approach and strong environmental credentials were essential, together with the ability to deliver cost savings and on-going support so ACM Waste Management Plc proved to be the perfect choice.

Alan Ward operates from four locations across the UK, providing a range of high quality furnishings and one of its key services is to take away its customers used items, together with all the cardboard and polythene wrappings from the new furniture. This service generates very high volumes of waste so it is essential that this is managed and disposed of appropriately.

Steve Eaves Alan Wards said: We were looking to work with a company that could provide us with a real end to end solution, managing all of our waste and recycling requirements as well as helping us to do our bit for the environment.

ACM has provided Alan Ward with a twin chamber baler for cardboard and polythene and a Gigant Roll Packer for general waste – including all the used
furniture that the company collects. A recycling scheme has also been introduced for office white paper.

Steve added: The Gigant Roll Packer has made a huge difference! It compacts the furniture waste so efficiently that we have reduced our collections from three or four per week down to one. We will save #4,000 per quarter on our waste disposal costs as well as significantly cutting the CO2 emissions associated with vehicle movements.

The twin chamber baler has helped us to store our cardboard and polythene waste efficiently, until it is collected for recycling, as well as creating an additional revenue stream for the business.

Another important factor for Alan Ward when choosing a recycling and waste management company was finding an organisation that would literally take away all the day to day problems associated with that handling and disposal of waste.

Steve said: Our business is furniture retail and we need to able to concentrate on that. It is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with environmental legislation and ensure that the business is compliant so finding a company that could take all those worries away was vital.

Working with ACM is fantastic, they are always totally professional and helpful and over the last few months they have worked really closely with us to make sure we have exactly the right solution.
But, perhaps the most important thing for Alan Ward was the dramatic improvements to their environmental credentials.

Steve concluded: We are a family business with very strong ethical values so when choosing our waste management partner it was very important to find a company that is equally committed to doing the right thing.

More and more consumers are looking at green credentials when making their purchasing decisions so it is very important for us to demonstrate that we understand the need to protect our environment and working with ACM will definitely help us to do that.

For more information about ACM Waste Management Plc call: 0844 884 4191, email green@acmplc.com or visit www.acmplc.com.

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