Hartlepool's J&B Recycling has teamed up with one of the town’s leading manufacturers to help reduce its carbon footprint.
The company has been appointed to manage all waste from the Kerry Ingredients operation on Brenda Road.
As a food and ingredient manufacturer, Kerry produces a significant amount of waste, including cardboard, packaging, plastics, glass and excess food products.
With help from J&B, however, none of that is being sent to landfill.
J&B managing director Vikki Jackson-Smith said: “We are delighted to be working with Kerry Ingredients because they are such a well-known national brand.
“They’re a big name in Hartlepool and for us as a company, working with other local enterprises is important.
“The team at Kerry Ingredients told us they were keen to manage their waste more efficiently so we came up with a proposal which we felt best matched their needs.”
J&B is now providing weekly waste collections from Kerry, the majority of the waste being processed and recycled at J & B’s Material Recycling Facility (MRF) a mile away.
Food waste is taken to an anaerobic digestion facility for recycling and energy production.
J&B has also worked with staff at Kerry to keep them informed about the benefits of managing waste and to advise them on ways to increase recycling rates. The firm recycles approximately 100,000 tonnes of waste each year from household, commercial, industrial and construction sources, with customers including car parts manufacturer Nifco UK, Hartlepool College, Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool and Camerons Brewery.
Engineering manager at Kerry Ingredients, Steve Luke, said: “Previous to using J&B Recycling for all our waste management services, things were not as efficient as they could have been and we certainly weren’t recycling as much as we could.
“It was our aim to have zero waste sent to landfill and I am delighted that we have achieved that with J & B Recycling. The first thing they did was to come in and carry out a waste audit to identify how much more material we could be recycling.
“It’s also very encouraging to be working with a local company which is practically on our doorstep because that again reduces our own environmental impact and helps to boost the economy in Hartlepool.”