BAN Waste Select Committee evidence
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|Phase 1 Day 2
||Dennis Martin (CO-OP supermarket)
written evidence submitted in advance
We first looked at recycling in 1996 when the Government introduced landfill
I analysed our refuse and found the following :-
- We landfilled over 200 tons of refuse.
- In 2001 we will only send 70 ton a week to landfill - our annual cost was �300k.
- If we did nothing this would rise to �500k in 5 yrs.
This promoted us to action :-
- Over 50% of our refuse is paper/cardboard the rest made up of plastic,
waste, food etc.
- We have 147 stores from Eyemouth (North) to Whitby (South) over to
Carlisle along the coasts to Workington and down to Barrow in Furness.
- All Stores are serviced by our distribution network.
- Our first test in recycling was with 30 stores sending card back via our
distribution network loose on cages. This was compacted at our distribution
centre and a local company Riverdale paid us a small sum for the card.
- We eventually put the rest of our stores onto recycling card and
introduced a mill size baler into our distribution centre.
- ? which one from who etc.
- The problems I found were in our big stores the volume of card was huge,
so I then had to purchase bailing machines
- Once the card was taken out of our waste stream the need for refuse pick-
ups were much less and obviously savings could be made. We had 47 different
refuse companies with many different prices for the same service and the
compactors in our large stores were not needed.
- Eventually we decided triple chamber bailers were right for our business
chambers card - 1 plastic.
- I negotiated with all the refuse companies and reduced to 8 making
- Reduced pick-ups and bin sizes, gave stores guidelines and forced them
to recycle by sizing their bins and collections to turnover.
- Made all our compactors redundant.
- Added plastic recycling
- Introduced confidential shredding facilities.
- Tested car park plastic recycling in Richmond for customers (very
- Carrier bag recycling in our stores
- Return and reuse Mushroom trays
- Return and reuse Flower buckets
- Return and reuse Broccoli trays
- 60% of our Produce is now supplied in plastic crates for display (no
packaging - better productivity).
- All major stores have car park recycling facilities.
- Estimate our refuse bill in 2001 to be no more than �120k.
- So our recycling credits offset our obligation costs.