Thousands of pounds invested in recycling boost at Shropshire furniture store

A Shropshire furniture company has invested £8,000 in new equipment to boost its commitment to recycling.

And the new baler machine installed at Alan Ward’s distribution centre at Battlefield Enterprise Park, Shrewsbury, means it will also slash fuel bills taking recycling from its premises.

Steve Eaves, operations manager at Alan Ward, said: “We already recycle 100 per cent of the mattresses we collect from customers when we deliver their new bed or mattress and our strategy is to increase our recycling in other areas.

“At Alan Ward our distribution centre is responsible for replenishing stocks at our four extensive furniture showrooms each stocking a wide range of home furnishings from sofas to beds and dining sets, as well as carrying out home deliveries to our customers across Shropshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire and further afield.

“As a result we found that we are left with a lot of cardboard and plastic from the furniture packaging.

“It takes up a lot of space so it made sense for us to invest in a baler machine because it meant we could deal with our recycling on site.

“The baler is great because it is able to compact recyclables, such as cardboard and plastic into blocks.

“For us it means we have more storage space as not so much is taken up by the recyclable materials which means we can increase our stockholding and offer customers a quick delivery on a wider choice of stock items.”

He said: “The baler was a significant investment but we are already seeing the benefits.

“As well as being a space-saver it also means we can take more cardboard and plastics for recycling at one time but by using fewer vehicles.

“This has a knock-on effect for our fuel bills because we don’t have to transport the recyclables so often.

“Of course, for us it’s important that we do as much as we can to protect the environment and reduce the amount of waste unnecessarily thrown away.

“We are pleased that good use is able to be made of the packaging we send away for recycling.”

Mr Eaves said that they would be looking at further ways to increase recycling and protect the environment at its stores in Shrewsbury, Winsford and Chester in Cheshire and Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.

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