Company aims to send nothing to landfill

Buckingham Food's Green Team with WasteSolve's Ashley Ellis waving the starter's flag

Buckingham Food's Green Team with WasteSolve's Ashley Ellis waving the starter's flag

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A MILTON Keynes food company is involving every member of staff in a new initiative to achieve a green goal where nothing from the business is sent to landfill.

Buckingham Foods, based at Redmoor in Milton Keynes, is a part of the Adelie Food Group which plans to take the zero-waste–to–landfill target across its UK sites, including sister-business Meadowbrook Bakery.

Buckingham Foods provide sandwiches and salad products to household names in the retail sector.

Meadowbrook Bakery and now Buckingham Foods is using the latest eco-technology to set new standards where all waste, including food waste, is treated as a precious resource and is diverted to other uses, including creating energy to power homes, fertiliser to return nutrients and condition to the soil, and feed for livestock, all within the Milton Keynes region.

Part of reaching zero landfill means putting the environment first in every part of the business, looking at each individual wastestream to find the best green solution, and creating a system for each item which everyone, from the office admin staff, to the factory workers and the distribution drivers can use quickly and efficiently.

The Ready, Steady, Green campaign has been created for Adelie and Buckingham Foods with the help of WasteSolve, the specialist environmental management division of Luton-based company Cawleys. A key part of the initiative will be helping everyone understand exactly what happens to waste and how responsible management of it can make a huge difference in protecting the planet.

Joe Rainert, MD at Buckingham Foods, said: “Respect for food and quality is entirely linked to respect for our environment. The race to zero waste to landfill begins here and, while we are fortunate to have the latest technology at our disposal, we couldn’t make the finishing line without the involvement, commitment and enthusiasm of everyone here on site in Milton Keynes.”