For the last 2 years we have been working closely with Dairy Crest in Liverpool to reduce costs and decrease their carbon footprint. Fortunately both of these targets have come hand in hand, as by reducing the carbon footprint we have also been able to save Dairy Crest money.
We achieved this by introducing a recycling scheme. Over the course of a typical year Dairy Crest will purchase over 40,000 “new” Steri crates. The material used for their crates is HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) which is a versatile material that can be manufactured and then ground up to be used again and again. We set up a system that pulls broken and old crates out of Dairy Crest and delivers them to a recycling plant. Here the crates are ground up in to powder. The recycled or repro powdered material as its called in the industry can then be used to produce new steri crates. We reclaim over 70 tonnes of repro material every year from Dairy Crest alone. It’s a win win for everyone!
We have similar schemes for many of our other customers too.