After completing an initial waste audit, Countrystyle were able to introduce innovative solutions for segregating the different waste streams for onward recycling along with sourcing alternative disposal routes for the various waste streams as an alternative to sending waste to landfill.
To facilitate segregation, separate containers were placed throughout the packhouse and to maximise effectiveness, Countrystyle provided multi-cultural signage to help employees differentiate what waste streams to place into which containers for onward recycling.
Once full, containers are transported to the waste management area at the rear of the facility where each separate waste stream is managed.
Fruit and vegetable waste is collected and taken to an Anaerobic Digestion plant where it is treated and turned into a biogas. This biogas is used as fuel to generate power and heat. The power is exported to the National Grid and the heat is used in onsite glasshouses used to grow tomatoes. The tomatoes are sold to major supermarket chains such as Marks and Spencer and Waitrose therefore creating a ‘Closed Loop’ process.
Other waste streams such as cardboard, plastics, wood and metal are recycled using Countrystyle’s own in-house facilities.