John Clark Motor Group

“Our long term partnership with SWR demonstrates clear commercial benefits and the John Clark Motor Group is delighted that our carbon saving reached 264.3 tonnes per quarter.”

Hugh Duffy, Group Facilities Manager, John Clark Motor Group


John Clark Motor Group opened its doors in 1977. From selling just 6 new cars in the first year the group has grown significantly reaching £281m turnover in 2010 and growing to £667m in 2015. John Clark Motor Group also won in two categories at the Automotive Management Awards 2015; Best Retail Group (more than 10 sites) & Retailer of the Year.


SWR began working with JCMG in 2011 when the group had 13 branches, it now has 32. Over the past five  years the SWR solution has developed with changes in market conditions as well as JCMG’s requirements,  particularly as the group has expanded. Our ongoing partnership is based on SWR’s commitment to delivering cost effective, high quality waste management services for all locations.


The issues

Before working with SWR JCMG had multiple suppliers across several waste streams for sites around the
country; this created time consuming admin processes to manage the group’s waste.


SWR’s solution

Initially SWR managed the ‘dry waste’ and then introduced recycling collections to improve on site. The service has now expanded to include hazardous waste and waste oil collections. The Haz Waste solution covers the inspection, compliance, collection and reprocessing of all waste oils JCMG branches produce.
Waste oil is fully recovered and processed to produce high specification fuel oil for use in industrial boilers or alternatively recycled for re-use as base oil.


The results


  • The group’s landfill diversion has risen from 82% in 2011 to 95% in June 2016.
  • SWR and JCMG are also continuing to increase onsite recycling levels across all sites. The combination of  JCMG’s expansion and focus on recycling has increased the group’s carbon saving from 110 tonnes per quarter in 2011 to 264 tonnes of carbon per quarter in 2016; this is the equivalent of driving from London to Edinburgh 2485 times.
  • SWR’s service ensures that the hazardous waste & waste oil service complies with respective legislation such as the current Carriage of Dangerous Goods, Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment and ADR Regulations.


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