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Recycling and Green Waste Management, Cornwall, South West England

The Green Waste Company is a local, family-run business beginning in 1999, with years of proven expertise in waste management. Holding a legacy of four generations of farming in Cornwall.

We are committed to looking after the environment by minimising the dumping of waste in land fill sites. We believe through local recycling we can reduce waste disposal and improve Cornwall’s carbon footprint in a most cost effective and time effective manner. This directly supports our conviction that local solutions for Cornwall are vital in this era of globalisation and high fuel costs.

We take bulk material and turn it into useful products, reducing the environmental impact on the Cornish countryside. Our team of qualified, experienced and environmentally-aware staff offer a bespoke service to cater for your recycling and waste needs.

As part of our full commitment to caring for the Cornish landscape we use a ground source heat pump to warm our offices, we also recycle clean and dirty water, whilst our land is farmed sustainably through the use of compost produced on site.

We believe that through participating with the local Cornish community we can help others to engage in recycling and further realise the significance of sustainability for Cornwall’s future. This is why we regularly welcome local groups for visits such as the County WI, Cornwall Garden Society, Penwith College, Young Farmers Club, Mid Cornwall Machinery group and Round Table. By reaching out to others in our community we can instil in the people of Cornwall the importance of recycling as a way of a life, to protect our future.

In the yard we have…..

John Richards

John was a founder of the Green Waste Company in 1999 with his wife Felicity Richards. John has a strong interest in machinery, often basing a trip away ‘holiday’ around looking at machines! John enjoys visiting local gardens (even if it is to see how well the compost is doing!).

James Richards

James has worked for the Green Waste Company since graduating from Royal Agricultural College in 2013 with a degree in Rural Estate in Land Management. In 2015 James worked for John Austin contracting in New Zealand driving lorries. When he is not working James enjoys playing rugby and hockey.

Martin Johnson

No, not the rugby player! Martin is site manager at Higher Brynn, he has worked for the company since 1998. When not at Higher Brynn Martin is usually kept very busy chasing around after his two daughters on their ponies!

Duncan Thomas

Duncan joined the Green Waste Company in 2014 from a previous farming career he is highly experienced with operating the large machinery. Duncan lives locally and outside of work enjoys walking, football, motorcycling and music.

Neil Horsfall

Neil joined the company in 2019 with experience from running another composting site in the Midlands. In his spare time he rears pigs!

Roger Stafford

Roger is the newest member of the team joining us at the end of 2019. He has past experience with operating large machines, formally working on a recycling site up North. In his spare time he is enjoying exploring Cornwall with his three terriers!

In the office we have…..

Felicity Richards

Felicity was a founder of the Green Waste Company in 1999 with her husband John Richards. Felicity works on the contracts and is innovative in her work forever trying to improve and expand the business. Felicity graduated from Seale Hayne with an M.Sc and is a Chartered Waste Manager. She was born and grew up on a family farm near Lands End and has a passion for driving the Cornish circular economy. At the weekends she enjoys following all equestrian activities.

Carolyn Richards

Carolyn joined the family business in 2015 from a career in teaching. She has her HGV license and hold the International Operators License. Since joining the Green Waste Company she has had a role within the compliance, machinery, media, and PR. Outside of work she enjoys competing her horse and keeping fit with crossfit, swimming and running.

Sam Roberts

Sam joined us in the Summer 2018, filling the boots of Carol who retired, after 8 years with the company. Sam has a keen eye on numbers and keeps all our accounts up to date. She is a whizz on the computer and deals with accounting in the business. Sam enjoys gig rowing for Zennor in spare time.


We welcome the newest member of the team Karen. She has joined us with great expertise in compliance having worked for an organic waste recycling company based in Oxfordshire for the past 12 years covering: anaerobic, in-vessel and aerobic open windrow composting sites. Having moved to sunny Cornwall she now enjoys coastal walks with her rescue dog.

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