How a West Country Butchers have tackled their waste problem
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT CASE STUDY: Lloyd Maunder (West country butchers)
Lloyd Maunder has taken the statement, 'if you don't measure it, you can't manage it,' to heart in its approach to understanding, managing, controlling and improving environmental issues. The following are some examples.
Taking control of the waste created and disposed of on-site is essential as legislative controls tighten and costs increase, and especially as waste is often overlooked with an out of sight, out of mind attitude.
To this end, a complete overhaul of waste management was undertaken in 2003 following the introduction of new Animal By-Product regulations - to fully understand what wastes were produced, from where, the quantity, and the route and cost of disposal etc.
From the data collected, the following things have been done:
' better segregation and collection of wastes with a value or able to be recycled
' alternative recycling, composting and landspreading options investigated and implemented
' staff training undertaken and work instructions implemented to achieve the above
' future legislation evaluated and early compliance achieved where possible
' targeted waste minimisation projects to reduce the amount of waste produced
' waste contracts re-negotiated
' regular progress reports at Environmental Meetings
Highlights Of The Above Work:
Waste called 'miscellaneous waste' was reduced from 917 tonnes in 2003, to 84 tonnes in 2004 to 81 tonnes in 2005. Formerly 'miscellaneous' waste was any old waste just dumped without much thought as to what it was ' this is now segregated (mainly at source) and put to the appropriate route - recycling etc. What remains as 'miscellaneous waste' is actually very large items that we have not been able to, or cannot, get recycled.
Total non-animal by-product waste tonnages reduced from 7441 tonnes in 2003, to 5247 tonnes in 2004 to 4738 tonnes in 2005, though Production increased by 8% over the period.
Income generated from all wastes from £8100 in 2003, to £16200 in 2004 to £50900 in 2005.
Total waste material recycled / reused from 11380 tonnes in 2003, to 14043 tonnes in 2004 to 16201 tonnes in 2005.
Utility Monitoring and Measurement
As is demonstrated above, monitoring and measurement can provide substantial benefits in reducing costs and exposure to legislative risk, and can also produce some nice surprises as per the water use benchmarks below.
The same mapping is being undertaken to monitor and control water, electricity, gas and oil use - with particular regard to the loading on the Effluent Treatment Plant (and subsequent Discharge Consent Limits), and our emission target limits under the Climate Change Levy Scheme (CCL) and IPPC Permit conditions.
In 2005, Water Meetings were re-organised to include whole site water usage, including disposal, from just the Quality Control aspect previously managed. Immediately, this revealed that Poultry Production was within the Environment Agency's IPPC Water Use Benchmarks of 8 ' 15 litres / bird at 10.2 (2005 average) and that Lamb Production was well below the benchmark of 100 ' 150 litres / carcass at 71.0 (2005 average.) These figures are good, but if we are achieving them by default, we are sure we can improve on them. The focus has therefore been to fully understand the water system (towns supply, borehole, hot, steam and foul) and the metering in place to identify the potential areas of improvement. The initial review revealed that though the site has over 40 water meters, one department uses 63% of all site water, but only has 5 meters, yet a number of other departments have 3 meters, but only 1% of the flow. A more appropriate metering system is currently being designed and installed which will enable targeted investigations to further reduce water usage.
Monitoring of all energy use - electricity, gas and oil ' is undertaken to assess and predict compliance with our CCL targets. This, along with targeted energy surveys e.g on refrigeration plant, has highlighted efficient and inefficient systems and processes, particularly in regard to recent production changes. To this end, a whole new boiler plant and hot water system is currently being designed for installation as soon as practicable.
Hopefully, the above is a brief, but useful summary of how one aspect of environmental management - monitoring and measurement ' can highlight the good, bad and the ugly, and focus finite resources in the most effective way to make improvements to the environment, and to the bottom line.
Source: LLoyd Maunder Limited
Article Date: 10 April 2008