Premier Nutrition has hit its recycling target of sending zero waste to landfill in its first recycling collection. 

The achievement spans the firm’s two Staffordshire sites in Rugeley and Fradley Park that collectively supply around 50,000 tonnes of animal feed premix for UK and global markets each year.

“Through recycling and composting over 46 tonnes of waste, the amount of carbon saved in a single month equates to taking one car off the road for a year and the lifespan of five planted trees,” says Premier Nutrition’s Bev Davies.

Bev is responsible for health, safety and environmental admin at the specialist animal nutrition business which produces the vitamin and mineral ingredients for both commercial livestock and domestic pet feeds.

“It’s an incredible achievement and I’m particularly proud that the target was met mid-lockdown, at a time when we were faced with additional health and safety pressures to allow the sites to continue to operate at full capacity,” she says.

Waste that is now recycled or sent for composting includes mixed production and office waste. Anything that cannot be recycled or composted goes to Ferry Bridge Power station to be burnt for fuel.

The project began with the Premier Nutrition sites being selected for trials as part of its parent company, AB Agri’s, environmental programme. 

Joe Stanley, Premier Nutrition’s continuous improvement lead, says the process started with a complex waste mapping exercise to quantify exactly how much and what types of waste were being generated. “This wasn’t an easy task as the two sites are receiving three or four big deliveries daily and employing around 80 people between them,” he says.

“We also had to find a waste contractor – and Veolia came up trumps as a firm that was willing to work with us to find a home for 100% of the waste product. They have been brilliant in supporting us throughout the entire process.”

Having now hit the target, Bev is confident they can maintain the 100% recycled record, even when all the office-based staff are back on the premises.

“The diligence of everyone has been impressive. It’s involved changing habits and more thought – it’s no longer of case of all waste going into a single skip. It’s a credit to the teams at both facilities, demonstrating they have recognised and fully support the work that’s gone into the project and the colour coded waste bins, containers and skips are working really well,” says Joe.