Arla Foods on track to zero-carbon

Arla Foods, the maker of Anchor butter and Lurpak, is on its way to operating the world's first zero-carbon milk processing facility at its plant in Aylesbury.

Arla has pledged to send zero waste to landfill by 2015

Arla has pledged to send zero waste to landfill by 2015

A partnership with waste disposal firm Biffa has seen Arla pledge to send zero waste to landfill by 2015 and source 30% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Biffa recommended the installation of a number of in-plant innovations, including a revolutionary machine that crushes milk bottles, feeding milk to an anaerobic digestion tank and plastic to a baler. The plastics are collected and recycled by Biffa Polymers' facility in Redcar. Biffa then supplies the recycled plastic to a milk bottle manufacturer which, in turn, supplies to Arla Foods, delivering a closed-loop system.

Biffa corporate account manager Daryl Grace said: "Arla Foods is committed to using advanced process technologies and renewable energies, so I began to investigate what was out there and they were impressed with what they saw. We've now been able to give them low-carbon energy generation and closed-loop recycling."

The partnership is the latest in a line of sustainability initiatives from the world's third largest co-operative dairy producer.

In May, Arla revealed it was saving around £80,000 a year since switching to LED lighting at its national distribution centre in Leeds. 

And back in February, the firm announced the opening of a dedicated biofuel filling station at its Aylesbury dairy, along with plans to convert its entire fleet of vehicles to dual-fuel. Read more here.

Brad Allen


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