Cycle-R – Bike Recycling

SWM members Cycle-R is a charity specialising in the recycling of bikes, to reduce waste and ensure the materials are reused for the benefit of the local workforce, cycling in the Cannock Chase area and the creation of training opportunities. More >


‘Saving Lives with Solar’ Community Energy scheme

In partnership with SWM members Southern Staffordshire Community Energy (SSCE) and Stoke-on-Trent based, University Hospitals of the North Midlands NHS Trust addressed environmental and social issues by becoming the largest hospital-based solar panel installation in the UK. More >


Keep Shropshire Warm

Keep Shropshire Warm (KSW) was a collaboration between Marches Energy Agency, all Shropshire local authorities and the Shropshire Partnership. KSW was established in 2007 following a successful bid to DEFRA’s Community Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF). KSW was established to tackle the growing rate of fuel poverty across the county and raise awareness of the issues households faced through rising fuel costs. More >



Heartwoods, a tree and woodland industry support initiative, is currently focusing on promoting the management of woodlands to supply wood for fuel. A wholly owned subsidiary of Small Woods a third sector organisation.

Project partners include Advantage West Midlands (Rural Development Programme), Forestry Commission, Confor (Confederation of Forest Industries) Rural Hubs, NFU, Woodland Trust and Midlands Woodfuel. More >


Wood Energy Strategy

The West Midlands Wood Energy Strategy sets out the West Midlands vision for wood energy and a strategy for action. The co-ordination for delivery of this strategy was actioned through the Wood Energy Task Group (WETG) which initially comprised of the original partners but extended to a wide network of policy makers and planners, installer and supply companies and woodland owners and managers. More >


Switch it Off – Coventry

The Switch it Off campaign is an energy saving campaign with a focus on an annual Switch it Off week. Its aim is to make everyone from businesses, organisations, schools and individuals aware of the amount of energy and money that can be saved by turning things off when not needed. More >


Telford Extrusions

Telford Extrusions is part of the Epwin group which is the UK’s second largest PVC-U and PVC-UE extruder. The Telford site manufactures ‘low maintenance’ profiles for the window and door industry.

During the manufacturing process, large quantities of water are circulated around the machines to cool the extruded profile. The company learnt that they could save on sewer charges by showing that during the manufacturing process water is lost through evaporation rather than via the sewer. More >



In 2001 Lyreco moved into the bespoke site at Donnington, Telford with 300 office and 300 warehouse personnel. Working with BESST and Envirowise, Lyreco hosted a Water Audit to identify where efficiencies could be made. There had not been much focus on water efficiency at this site as attention had been on electricity and gas. More >


SusMo (Sustainable Moseley) – Winner of British Gas Green Streets award

SusMo is a resident-inspired and resident-led campaign, overseen by Moseley Forum. SusMo is aiming to make Moseley a more sustainable community both by personal action to cut our household CO2 emissions and through community initiatives, including with local businesses, schools and other public sector organisations, along with third sector organisations from within Moseley, as well as around the city and further afield.
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Waste Matching diverting waste from landfill

Harper Adams University College used an online forum to ask for a solution to their waste packaging problem and found that Ricoh UK Products could help them. This is an example of how organisations can work collaboratively to become more sustainable. Even small one-off solutions can save money and be better for the environment and we hope that organisations which do not have extensive environmental processes in place can take inspiration from this. More >


Johnson Tiles

Johnson Tiles is the leading manufacturer and supplier of ceramic tiles in the UK, with a long history of market leadership and industry production development.

The company’s products are used in a wide range of commercial and non commercial projects and they supply ceramic tiles to almost every country in the world. More >


Smart Eco Power Systems

Smart Eco Power Systems is a fledgling business with great ambitions to make their mark on the local renewable energy sector.

Founded by co-directors of Midland Electrical Fire and Security, Martin Cornes and Richard McCredie, it specialises in renewable electrical generation systems which provide power to the public sector, commercial and domestic market. More >


Sudden Impact Computer Services Ltd

Employing 20 people, Sudden Impact specialises in the repair, servicing, supply and recycling of printers, fax machines, scanners and other electrical office equipment. Launched 18 years ago, it handles thousands of ‘end-of life’ machines a year. Now turning over around £1 million a year it has hundreds of reconditioned printers, plotters and scanners in stock at any one time for re-sale, exchange and short or long term rental. More >



JCB is an international construction and agricultural equipment manufacturer, employing 7,000 people worldwide. With headquarters in Rochester, Staffordshire, the company produces over 300 different types of vehicle, from tractors to dump trucks, on four continents selling their products in 150 countries through 1,500 dealer depot locations.

JCB has a long-standing association with the Campaign for Rural England and has long recognised its responsibility to keep its environmental impact as low as possible. All the UK factories are designed to minimise emissions by recycling waste and eliminating pollution as far as possible, and all UK sites are ISO 14001 accredited. More >


Jericho Foundation

Jericho started in 1993 as a drop-in centre to serve the most disadvantaged people in Balsall Heath, Birmingham. Many of their clients had little or no work history and consequently had problems gaining and sustaining employment. Thus in 1999 Jericho set up as a social enterprise to provide supported employment opportunities to clients. More >


Groundwork West Midlands’ Graduate Apprenticeship Programme (GAP)

The Black Country has a low level of graduate retention compared to the UK as a whole. There are not enough opportunities made available to graduates when leaving universities in the region. In addition not enough is done to promote the Black Country as a place to start a career and to address the general negative publicity about the area.

West Midlands Graduate Apprenticeship Programme (GAP) is providing work experience to graduates interested in a career in environmental regeneration and sustainability. More >