About Us - 'A family run business, providing Environmental Recycling, Shredding & Waste Management Solutions for businesses and the community sector for over 50 years.'


We specialise in providing an ethical, reliable and friendly service to all our customers. With a customer care programme to ensure your individual needs are serviced. We can provide collections throughout the South West with our depots in Marston Magna (H/Q), Bridgwater & Appledore with national collections arranged through our approved recycling network. 


Perrys Recycling is a family business with  Brian Perry is the Chairman, son Christopher is Managing Director, nephew Nick is Depot Director, son Matthew is Transport Director and daughter Samantha is Company Secretary and Sales Director.


We have three depots strategically positioned across the South West, these depots give access via the M5 corridor and A303 to cover the whole South West efficiently. We run a fleet of 20 lorries, employing approximately 50 people and process in excess of 70,000 tonnes per year, recycling over 40 grades of paper, cardboard, polythene, plastics, metal, cans, wood and glass to mills in the UK, Europe and the Asia.

Brian Perry Collections with Horse & Cart



1953 during the Korean War when Brian's father Claude Perry started using a horse and cart to collect paper sacks from farms in Somerset & Devon.


1962- Brian developed the recycling business specialising in the collection of paper sacks from local farms and businesses handling around 5 tonnes per week by hand.

1967 - Recycling depot set up at The Old Cider Stores, Baltonsborough, near Glastonbury, Somerset and developed the business by building a new 12,000 square foot warehouse with 16,000 square feet of concrete storage area outside during the mid 1970's, together with a modern baling plant and a fleet of lorries which took the company into the collection of waste paper from printers and industrial works in the area. The company by now was processing over 150 tonnes of waste paper per week.


1970s Baltonsborough was devloped an d had a fleet of lorries, and was servicing local printers and industrial premises. He had established new markets in Europe for the 150 tonnes of recyclable material collected per week with the help of his brother, Ron. The business was formed into a Limited Company with Ron and Brian's wife Valerie becoming Directors.


In 1975 with the growing need to develop markets to sell recyclable material for the small independent business, Brian was one of the founder members of the Independent Waste Paper Processors Association.


Nick Perry joined the business in 1975, training in all areas of production, and becoming Foreman in 1978, Depot Manager in 1986, then Production Director in 1998.


In 1986 Brian introduced the paper bank concept into the South West, in conjunction with local authorities. This proved very successful and economically sustainable, and is now the standard in the UK. This stimulated the boom in recycling from the community. In 1987 we developed our Taunton depot which improved service to local customers.


Samantha joined the company in 1990 training in all areas of the administration and even taking her fork lift licence. Today she is Company Secretary, Director and proud Mother of two, and still plays an important role in the business.


Christopher joined the company in 1995 after completing his training in Guernsey for 3 years with Mayside Limited, which covered all aspects of running a recycling depot and then back in the UK with Perrys Recycling assisting Ron Perry with existing customers and expanding our range of services to new customers.



In 1996 Perrys Recycling Head Office was relocated to Marston Magna, and was now capable of handling over 1,000 tonnes per week, with approximately 30 different grades of paper, polythene and various recyclables.


Matthew join the company is 1997 driving the lorries and gaining experience in all aspects of the maintenance and legal requirements of running a transport fleet assisting Ron and taking over the role as Transport Director.



In 2000 The Security Shredding and Destruction facility was expanded to handle paper records and other items in line with the Data Protection Act 1998, and the development of our Shred & Recycle services to a range of customers.


2004 saw the relocation of our Taunton depot to Bridgwater, with extra investment in bigger baling and shredding equipment. This enabled us to cope with increased demand and expand our range of recycling services to customers throughout the South West with three depots.






Bridgwater Depot Appledore Depot Marston Magna (H/Q)

'Strategically located to provide a first class  and local recycling solution to customers.'

2006 we saw the company develop a range of recycling and waste management services to our existing and new customers, in line with increased landfill tax, corporate and social responsibilities, carbon footprint assessments and the promotion of B2B & B2C green credentials in new business and products.


2008 saw investment in another large shredder at Marston Magna and other equipment in order to expand our processing and handling capabilities. We have also invested in a new website which will improve customer care, service and general information for our customers.


2009 The company expanded the range of security destruction service with a new high security mobile shredding lorry. Enabling the shredding process to be carried out at the customer premises with certificate of destruction issued on-site.


2011 Dave Hannaford and Adam Perry joined the company and developed the new rigid plastics division with new shredders and granulators handling rigid plastics such as wheeled bins, drainage piping,  trays, drums, containers etc. Adding value to our customers in broadening the range of recycling services. 


2013 Brian's six grandchildren (Jack, Megan,Jessica, Alexander, Isabelle, Benjamin, ), contribute towards the family business, helping promote the Charity paperbank scheme ‘Local recycling for local needs' with £10 for every tonne recovered going to the Somerset Community Foundation Trust and local worthy causes. 


The future for recycling looks bright although demand for recycling is heavily dependent on the export markets, especially China & Asia. These countries are now the worlds manufacturing base, along with internal growth of anticipated 10% per year, will see demand long into the future, although commodity prices will become more of a variable, which could see the old volatile price markets return again.



'Perrys Recycling will continue to provide ethical, reliable and sustainable solutions to customers, with a personal and friendly service We are also working with  the waste industry in developing strategic opportunities for recovery options from residue waste in the future.'
'Managing Director Christopher Perry'