Scott Waste Management Case Study

A growing waste collection company is rapidly expanding both its size and market thanks to WRAP Cymru support

Working with WRAP Cymru has enabled us to get the equipment needed to keep up with the high demand for our service. It means that what could have taken two to three years to achieve using our own cash flow could be achieved in just one year. WRAP Cymru has acted as a positive catalyst for growth, and this year we are growing at a far quicker rate, making the goal of our own transfer station a real possibility this year.

Scott Waste Management – a growing waste collection business servicing council, commercial and domestic clients in the south Wales area – initially approached WRAP Cymru for assistance in delivering a marketing campaign. The company collects a wide variety of materials, and wanted to make itself known to a greater number of businesses as an alternative to skip hire to increases its number of customers.

The company had grown considerably since its beginnings in 2007 and had outgrown its original premises. Its move to a new location marked the perfect time, WRAP Cymru felt, for a comprehensive strategic and operational review, so in addition to assistance with the marketing campaign, WRAP Cymru provided a waste management consultant to examine the business – a move which has benefited the company significantly.

Presently, Scott Waste Management collects and separates the material it collects, before sending it on to transfer stations where it is baled and sent for resale. After a thorough business review, the WRAP Cymru advisor identified opportunities for the company to streamline its own processes and eventually develop its own transfer stations. By ‘cutting out the middle man’, Scott Waste Management would benefit from greater material volume, better resource efficiency and increased revenue, not to mention business expansion through the recruitment of new employees, and higher competitiveness in the marketplace.

The advisor also made a number of other suggestions which have had a positive, tangible effect on the business, including additional management and skill training, as well as investment in new machinery and equipment. Thanks to an ARID grant, the company was able to purchase three new collection vehicles, a forklift truck and a mill-sized baler. This new equipment allows the business to split down and recycle more of the waste it collects, as well as carrying larger payloads, resulting in improved logistics and fuel efficiency.

This development has resulted in a 100% increase in annual revenue, leading to the recruitment of five new members of staff, and plans to move again to even larger premises. With the assistance of WRAP Cymru, Scott Waste is also expanding its market to include West Cardiff and servicing well-known household names, such as John Lewis and B&Q.

William Scott, owner and director of Scott Waste Management, says that working with WRAP Cymru has helped the business realise and exceed its goals much faster than it could have done otherwise:

“Working with WRAP Cymru has enabled us to get the equipment needed to keep up with the high demand for our service. It means that what could have taken two to three years to achieve using our own cash flow could be achieved in just one year. WRAP Cymru has acted as a positive catalyst for growth, and this year we are growing at a far quicker rate, making the goal of our own transfer station a real possibility this year.”