Manufacturer closes landfill site on back of zero waste success
Plasterboard manufacturer British Gypsum has reached zero waste across all of its UK production operations, resulting in the closure of an internal landfill site.
The company has implemented a comprehensive waste reduction programme at its Kirky Thore manufacturing facility and is now recycling all of its gypsum waste. It has since closed and restored a nearby landfill site where the waste was previously sent to.
The programme reduced the amount of production waste going to landfill from an average of 5,000 tonnes per month in 2004 to zero in just six years.
As part of this scheme, British Gypsum introduced the UK's first plasterboard recycling scheme to reduce waste through dedicated site collections.
Working in partnership with the Environment Agency, the company has restored its landfill site for grazing, which a local farmer is now benefiting from.
British Gypsum's environmental coordinator Alison Stewart said: "Restoring the landfill after achieving zero production waste is a reflection of British Gypsum's commitment to the regions it operates within.
"Through the hard work of all staff members involved in the project we have exceeded expectations and given the land back to local farmers."