RUGELEY, UNITED KINGDOM – Premier Nutrition, a premix supplier to the animal feed and animal feed industry, announced on July 23 that it had reached its target of sending zero waste to landfill during its first recycling collection.
This goal is fulfilled by two Premier Nutrition sites in Rugeley and Fradley Park, which together supply nearly 50,000 metric tons of premix to producers in the UK and abroad.
“Through recycling and composting more than 46 tons of waste, the amount of carbon saved in one month is the same as taking a car off the road for one year and the age of five trees planted,” said Bev Davies, operating administrator at Premier Nutrition.
The two Premier Nutrition facilities were selected for a no-waste trial by the parent company, AB Agri, as part of its environmental program.
Premier Nutrition can translate its waste into recycling and composting, including mixed production waste and office waste. The remaining waste that is deemed not recyclable is sent to Ferry Bridge Power to be burned for fuel, the company reports.
“This is an extraordinary achievement and I am very proud that the target was met with a central lockdown, when we were faced with additional health and safety pressure to enable the site to continue to operate at full capacity,” Davies added.
He added that, even when all office-based staff return to work on site, the company must be able to sustain the initiative without waste.
“This is not an easy task because both sites receive three or four large shipments every day and employ around 80 of them,” added Joe Stanley, leader of continuous improvement for Premier Nutrition. “We also had to find a waste contractor – and Veolia emerged as a company willing to work with us to find a home for 100% of waste products. They are very brilliant in supporting us throughout the process.
“Everyone’s perseverance is very impressive. This involves changing habits and more thinking – this is no longer the case with all the rubbish becoming one jump, “Stanley said. “This is a tribute to the team at both facilities, demonstrating that they have recognized and fully supported the work that entered the project and the color-coded bins, containers and leaps worked very well.”
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