KWD Re­cy­cling

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - BUSINESS AWARDS 2018 -

FOR over three decades KWD Re­cy­cling has grown to be­come one of the lead­ing waste man­age­ment com­pa­nies for the Kerry, west Cork and west Lim­er­ick re­gions. Serv­ing both the do­mes­tic and com­mer­cial sec­tor, it col­lects all types of gen­eral waste, food waste, dry, re­cy­cling and glass which makes it one of the largest in the south west. In 2011, the com­pany ini­ti­ated the first an­nual County Clean-Up in Ire­land in con­junc­tion with Kerry County Coun­cil. This has since pro­duced huge in­ter­est among the pub­lic who have re­ally taken to the task. It also works closely with Tidy Towns, Cham­bers of Com­merce and the wider com­mu­nity to find out ways to pro­mote par­tic­i­pa­tion. Be­ing proac­tive is a key part of what this busi­ness does as it uses an ar­ray of lo­cal and so­cial me­dia fo­rums to en­cour­age vol­un­teers. Since launch­ing the KWD Re­cy­cling ini­tia­tive, it has col­lected over 80,000 bags of waste free of charge. It em­ploys 76 peo­ple and is a lead­ing ex­am­ple of how a busi­ness can work ef­fi­ciently with vol­un­tary bodies to achieve a com­mon pur­pose. Tourism has also ben­e­fit­ted from this cre­ative ap­proach with pos­i­tive feed­back from lo­cal tourism bodies prais­ing KWD Re­cy­cling. A Na­tional School pro­gramme ‘Re­cy­cle Right’ has also re­sulted in the par­tic­i­pa­tion of over 4,000 pupils who com­pleted re­cy­cling work­shops. This is a busi­ness that pro­vides an ef­fi­cient ser­vice and is pro-ac­tively com­mit­ted to en­cour­ag­ing its cus­tomers to re­use, re­use and re­cy­cle.

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