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Recycling revenue satisfies food firm

07 November 2011

A specialist supermarket food supplier has developed a recipe for making money from waste after joining forces with Greenbank waste handling and equipment company

Deli Solutions, based in Clitheroe, now has an impressive new revenue stream that has generated over £57,000 in 10 months after an overhaul of its recycling practices by the waste management and recycling specialists.

The Lancashire company, which prepares imported olives and supplies supermarket delicatessen counters, has installed a customised machine that lifts the bins and crushes the 5 kilo tins that produce arrives in.

In addition to supplying the machine, Greenbank also arranges monthly collection and disposal of the steel, which Deli Solutions is then paid for.

But the company is not only now benefitting from some unlooked for revenue, it has also reduced the costs that it used to incur paying for the waste to be collected.

Health & Safety Manager Roy Patchell said Deli Solutions is delighted with the new recycling and waste management system, which has enabled them to process almost 170 tonnes of tin and 15 tonnes of card in 2011, saving over £30,000 on landfill and collection costs.

He commented: “Not only have we been able to significantly drive down costs, we have also reduced our carbon footprint as the number of skip collections required has reduced from twice a week to one pick-up every fortnight.

“And to cap it all the waste is actually earning us money!”

After the success of its recycling system for food tins Deli Solutions moved on to tackle its cardboard and polythene waste.

A baler from Greenbank has not only removed the need for sorting the waste but has also provided yet another source of income as the baler contents are sold on.

Greenbank Sales Manager Robin Evershed said that the company works hard to get the best possible outcome for waste and recycling problems for its customers.

“To be able to help Deli Solutions to not only handle its tin, cardboard and polythene waste more effectively but to also create not one but two additional sources of income is a fantastic result,” he added.

“We are passionate about what we do and we get as much satisfaction as our customers when we get an outcome as good as this!”

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