The idea that industrial waste is a reducible, useless by-product is quickly becoming obsolete. More opportunities for re-using waste are arising each day, with larger companies working more closely with independent businesses. One of these opportunities is the eco-fuel trade.
One way to dispose of industrial waste is to hire waste removal. These waste management companies transport themselves to your location in large fuel-inefficient vehicles, compile and collect the waste, then transport it to a processing facility where it’s treated and further adulterated with toxic components. This clogs the atmosphere with harmful gases, contaminates the environment with harmful intoxicants, and makes little positive use of waste material.
Another method, however, is to re-use the waste and trade it as biomethane: a clean, sustainably sourced eco-fuel. This is what Wyke Farms, one of the UK’s largest independent milk and cheese processors, is doing.
Wyke Farms recently announced a partnership with Sainsbury’s supermarket to supply them with ‘Green’ gas, which will comprise 6 per cent of Sainsbury’s total gas use. This saves over 16 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per day, or approximately 24,000 tonnes altogether. Who benefits in this scenario? Sainsbury’s head of Sustainability, Engineering & Energy, Paul Crewe, believes it’s the environment. “Supplying customers with Gas as well as cheese, and taking waste back in return,” he says, “all forms part of the type of circular approach where everyone is a winner – especially the environment.”
This circular, sustainable approach to managing industrial waste is becoming easier to achieve, and its methods more transparent. Wyke Farms is so dedicated to their aim to be self-sufficient with green energy that it has created a long-term sustainability plan called ‘Wyke Farms 100% Green‘. Details of this plan are intentionally available to the public.
‘100% Green’ aims to create a completely self-sustainable farm, which sources all its electricity from solar energy, and bio-fuels generated from the farm and dairy wastes – otherwise useless by-products. The company offers similar opportunities to other businesses who want to address their environmental impact, and is an encouraging model of a newer, more conscientious type of business, with a focus on stewarding and enriching the environment that makes it all possible.
The company started over a century ago in Somerset, UK, producing milk and cheeses that now sell in all major supermarkets, and are household names in some parts of the country. Despite its expansive reach, Wyke Farms continues to advocate environmentally friendly business with its eco-fuel initiatives.
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