About Us

About us

Established in 1973 in Yeovil, Somerset, M & J Bowers Ltd were pioneers at the very start of the recycling industry, when the importance of recycling paper and cardboard waste was first realised.

By 1984 the secure destruction of confidential data became a key issue for professional businesses. With our existing shredding facilities, M & J Bowers were at the forefront of secure confidential waste management and our reputation as a data and document destruction company was quickly recognised by organisations including regional council departments, legal organisations and medical institutes located throughout the South West.

The company has continued to expand and it now has an extensive fleet of purpose built vehicles that collect over 100 tonnes of confidential data, documents and company waste (including unwanted clothing such as obsolete uniforms) every week throughout South and Central England from Cornwall, Devon and Dorset up to the West Midlands, Gloucestershire and into London.

We also understand the importance of on-site destruction facilities and our two mobile shredders, the Big Green Destruction Machines, can now attend any premises where there is a company or legal requirement for on site document shredding. Our mobile document shredding service is particularly useful for legal and medical firms who can personally witness the destruction of their documents.

Our aim is to meet or exceed customer needs and expectations and our methods of operation are under constant review for improvement and to match your company’s data security requirements. All our staff are CRB checked and trained to the highest standard (BS EN 15713:2009) to ensure total customer satisfaction.

We are always looking to the future and recent improvements include the replacement of plastic sacks with heavy duty paper sacks. These remain sealed and are deposited directly into the shredder; removing the need to open and empty the contents of the sack. There is no need to remove staples, paper clips, wallets, etc., the bag of paperwork leaves your office and can be shredded within minutes.

M & J Bowers are also active in the local community and are currently the reserve team shirt sponsors for local football club Sherborne Town.


I went into partnership with my dad in 1973 age 19. Hence creating M&J Bowers. Started by driving Lorries and running paper balers and shredders. Now MD and taking a bit of a back seat. But always have that last say !!!!!

John Bowers
John Bowers Managing Director


Andrew was the only one of his siblings to come straight from school into the family business and is now the Transport Manager. Nineteen years ago his first job was sweeping the yard now he organises the collection of some 200 tonnes of material for processing or recycling every week.

Andrew Bowers
Andrew Bowers Transport Manager


Sam was between jobs and came to help at M&J Bowers for a week and you guessed it still here 10 years on. His job title is back up logistics in other words cover driver. He also helps Andrew with the day to day running of transport.

Sam Bowers
Sam Bowers Back Up Logistics


Emma started work for M&J Bowers 18 months ago. She took over from her Mum as office manager mostly dealing with accounts. She came from 15 plus years working in child care so felt well equipped to watch over three younger brothers.

Emma Isaacs
Emma Isaacs Office Manager


Kenny was aged 18 and out of work John Bower’s wife (Kenny’s Mother) and co-director said we have got to give him a job!!   Now some 12 years later all that can be said is Mum was right. He is now site/works manager having worked his way up from lorry drivers mate.

Kenny Bowers
Kenny Bowers Site/Works Manager


Digger is John’s the MD’s dog and joined the company in 2013.  John was once heard saying that if he could teach the dog to cook then his wife may be asked to leave the family home!!!!!

Digger Bowers
Digger Bowers MD's Dog & Security Officer

Secure shredding

M J Bowers Secure Shredding

Professional shredding companies

When you are looking to shred in Exeter for companies uniform shredding and onsite sensitive company data destruction, we offe full confidential security shredder security services. We will arrive onsite at your office with our secure shredding machines.

M J Bowers

also offers domestic shredding services that extend from the south west through to London.

Confidential document destruction service

in Yeovil, Devon and Taunton for local paper shredding requirements and waste collection.

Bowers offer commercial waste collection and destruction for recycling textiles and company logos.

We help keep the cost down for all commercial data destruction and recycle waste products including personal shred services. First class service for all company textiles that need sensitive destruction or recycling.

Bowers also offer security destruction of household and medical document shredding. We will shed all sensitive medical and household documents.

Bowers are a dedicated document destruction company based in Yeovil and operating nationwide UK.

Recyle paper

we deliver and collect with our secure document destruction bins for onsite or off-site shredding.

Container bins

delivered and collected for our sensitive shredding services and secure destruction of all office paper waste.

We can handle your confidential data destruction from Yeovil to London and beyond.

See the range of sizes of our security shredding bins and containers available for off-site or onsite recycling. At your office premises or private household.

We offer good prices to help keep cost of recycling waste products and textiles affordable for your needs.

You can phone M J Bowers for our up to date prices for the cost of our shredding services.

Secure Shredding Containers

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