Feed pre-mix manufacturer Premier Nutrition, an AB Agri company, has met its target of sending zero waste to landfill, with all wastes recycled.

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The zero-waste target spans the firm’s two production sites at Rugeley and Fradley Park in Staffordshire that make around 50,000 tonnes of premixes for UK and export markets each year. The £20 million Fradley plant was only built in 2018, with an emphasis on precision and waste reduction, while Rugeley also benefitted from a £5m upgrade.

Wastes that can be recycled or composted, including mixed production and office wastes, are dealt with this way, with anything else sent to Ferry Bridge Power station to be burnt for fuel. Waste contractor Veolia has worked with Premier to find outlets for 100% of its waste products.

“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,” explains Bev Davies who looks after Premier Nutrition’s health, safety and environmental administration.

“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.”

The project began after Premier Nutrition was selected for waste reduction trials as part of 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.”

Mr Stanley is confident the zero-waste record can be maintained. “The diligence of everyone has been impressive. It has involved changing habits and more thought – it is 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 – the colour coded waste bins, containers and skips are working really well.”