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Greene King ‘Making Progress’ Towards Zero Waste


Brewer and pub chain Greene King has stressed its commitment to making the company zero waste by 2020, noting that one year after it started a raft of initiatives to improve its recycling rate and divert waste from landfill, there have been a number of positive changes.

In April 2016, the organisation partnered with waste management firm SWR to help it make progress. Since that time, it has cut the number of general waste bins used at its businesses by 42 per cent and has achieved a 95 per cent diversion away from landfill rate.

The firm highlighted the fact that it’s diverted 8,000 tonnes of food waste from landfill alone, with this going to anaerobic digestion plants to produce electricity.

These efforts mean that enough electricity has been generated to power 7,100 homes in the UK for a whole month.

Group trading director at Greene King Matt Todd said that waste is a real issue for the hospitality industry and one that they want more companies to start tackling.

“We’re delighted that, as a leader in the space, we’re able to set an example to the rest of the industry and show that sustainability and an excellent offering can work hand in hand,” he asserted.

A growing number of businesses appear to be seeing the value in anaerobic digestion and how it can produce energy while also diverting waste from landfill.

Earlier this month plans for a biomass-powered forge in Sheffield were unveiled, with Abbey Forged Products hoping that 95 per cent of the power it needs for its operations can be supplied using renewable sources like anaerobic digestion.

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