Greggs scales up waste management

08 April, 2009

Greggs has been working with recycling and waste management specialist Biffa in order to cut down the amount of waste it sends to landfill.

The bakery retailer, currently has over 1,400 shops and uses Biffa for the majority of its recycling. The two will now be trialling new recycling schemes involving the creation of energy from waste, composting and aerobic digestion, as well as other methods of waste disposal.

Group production project manager at Greggs Peter Boughton said the business wishes to operate responsibly and help protect the environment for future generations to enjoy.

“Our primary aim is to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill and therefore recycling is paramount,” he said. “We are working with Biffa to experiment on new recycling initiatives as well as building on existing schemes.”

Waste that ends up in landfill sites is costly to the environment in terms of the greenhouse gases it produces, as well as causing a burden to business with year-on-year increases in Landfill Tax.

Biffa collection director Nick Gregg said: “Britain needs to stop thinking about waste as something to be thrown away. It can be a valuable resource and much of the material disposed of at landfill could be used to create energy.

“We’re delighted to be given the chance to work with Greggs to not only help reduce their costs, but to also help Greggs minimise their impact on the environment.”





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