Wired for growth: e-waste recycler iWaste expands with larger premises

Sam Prentice, Director, iWaste. The electronics waste recycling specialist has expanded into new premises at Ducks Nest Farm, Eversley Road, Reading, Berkshire, to facilitate strategic business growth.

Expanding electronic waste recycling specialist Intelligent Waste Management Ltd (iWaste) has moved to bigger premises outside Reading to facilitate strategic business growth.

The company has taken over a 10-year lease on a 15,000 sq ft unit at the Ducks Nest Farm commercial estate in a rural setting at Arborfield Cross.

After a four-year search for a site, iWaste, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, relocated after outgrowing and bottlenecking at its previous premises in nearby Eversley.

The business which employs 30 people is a leader in the secure, certified destruction of unwanted electronic waste and data.

iWaste’s new site at Ducks Nest Farm, which has 24-hour security within a gated estate, includes a detached warehouse building, a one-third acre yard and ample parking.

Ducks Nest Farm, three miles south east of Reading, is a secure commercial estate suitable for HGV access with iWaste occupying the largest of four units, with a further 12,000 sq ft available if required.

The company also has a regional, northern depot in Preston, Lancashire.

Director Sam Prentice said: “This move – which in the end is not far from our previous home – enables iWaste to take that next step up as a business. We are investing heavily in new facilities and we have site potential for onward development as required.

“We are very much a national business, thus securing a site with good vehicle access and excellent transportation links was crucial. We are within quick reach of both the M4 and the M3 so can easily reach the whole country.

“This site is all about growth and having the capacity to expand further. The next 12 months are really going to be about bedding in, refining our systems and ensuring that we are able to push forward.”

iWaste was established at the height of the recession in 2013 by Sam and Operations Director Sam Mountain who, after many years working in waste management, spotted a gap in the market, particularly, they say, a distinct lack of industry-wide customer service.

The company provides electronic waste collection services, secure data destruction, electronic recycling equipment and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) disposal for businesses across the UK.

It is AATF (Approved Authorised Treatment Facility) licensed by the Environment Agency, the highest accreditation in the waste industry.

Clients include corporations and public sector organisations such as the NHS. iWaste is also a trusted supplier to large national waste companies and facility management companies.

iWaste is embarking on a recruitment drive, particularly focusing on hiring people from the Arborfield area – with IT, warehouse, drivers and sales opportunities available.

The company operates a robust recruitment model, headed by General Manager Louise Drysdale, to ensure its workforce is diligent, experienced and local.

Sam said: “Most of our colleagues live within a few miles of our base. We feel that it is an important aspect of what we are about to be able to recruit locally, looking for staff, including apprentices, to seek long-term positions with us.”

iWaste was one of the first electrical waste recycling companies in the UK to achieve B Corp certification, known as the gold standard for sustainability, after a rigorous assessment process covering five key impact areas – environment, governance, workers, community and customers.

B Corp certification, which measures a business’s entire social and environmental impact, is awarded by global non-profit network B Lab and is held by just 6,300 companies worldwide.

iWaste is also off setting its carbon emissions through a partnership with the charity Forest Carbon, helping to create new woodlands across the UK and further afield, with more than 13 million trees planted since 2006.

The company anticipates that 108 tonnes of the company’s carbon footprint – emissions produced by the company’s waste collecting vehicles, and employees’ journeys to and from work – will be off-set through Forest Carbon.

Sam said: “Our mission is to divert waste from landfill and to reduce our client’s carbon footprint. For every 20 tonnes of waste we collect and recycle from our clients, we plant a tree in woodland near to them, on their behalf.”

iWaste is also aiming to achieve a 100% paperless business over the course of 2023-2024 and has developed its own internal cloud-based software covering all aspects of the business in an industry which, historically, has been heavily reliant on paper-based systems.




Notes to reporters


Unit 4 Ducks Nest Farm, Eversley Road, Arborfield, Reading, RG2 9PJ

0330 1200 250



iWaste are leaders in the secure, certified destruction of unwanted electronic waste and data. iWaste will manage your waste, swiftly collecting and destroying in a secure and fully compliant manner.

iWaste was established in 2013 by Sam Prentice and Sam Mountain. After many years of working in waste management, Sam and Sam recognised a distinct lack of industry-wide customer service.

With iWaste, they have addressed this absence by providing innovative processes that focus on offering seamless waste management to clients across the UK.

iWaste’s drive to provide flawless client services, in combination with the knowledge and experience possessed by the team, has helped iWaste gain a reputation as one of the UK’s most trusted E waste companies.

iWaste provides electronic waste collection services, secure data destruction, electronic recycling equipment and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) disposal for businesses across the UK.