Waste Minimisation

A leaner way of working means nothing goes to waste.

As a business that processes one million cattle each year, we know getting our waste management system right is vital. So we set ourselves a challenge – to send zero waste to landfill.

Now each one of us at ABP is looking at waste differently – as an opportunity to reduce what we order, recycle more and collaborate with energy recovery businesses to generate new uses for anything that can’t be recycled in other ways.

Take a fresh look at waste not, want not.

Across our sites, we’ve made it a priority to reduce waste in all areas. So we’ve created a ‘waste hierarchy’ – helping each and every one of us to see waste in our business in a different way.

Using lean techniques, we identify those areas which potentially create most waste. This has helped us to implement changes in how we re-order materials, increase the amount we recycle and forge mutually beneficial partnerships with energy recovery companies.

To date, it’s seen us reduce our waste by a massive 700 tonnes.

Now, no waste goes to landfill – thanks to our energy recovery partners who find new uses for all sorts of non-recyclable materials.

In 2015, a new gel-bone chip production site was opened in Cahir. The only one of its kind in Ireland and the UK, this plant produces a 100% natural product from bovine bones for use in the pharmaceutical industry. Traditionally, these animal by-products would have been used in the animal feed and fertiliser sectors. Now, this new and innovative process means we get maximum benefit from these waste materials – with the gelatine extracted from high grade bone chips being used in the food processing and pharmaceutical industries. This process has the potential to reduce ABP’s carbon footprint by 20% on its meat products, through conversion of waste bone to an edible product.

In Clones, we overhauled our meat packing process from start to finish. This included staff training, the introduction of more durable packaging and optimising how we operate our packaging machines. The result has seen a 70% reduction in waste generation, equating to 1.5 tonnes of packaging per day. This is just one of the initiatives that saw ABP’s Irish operations divert 1,400 tonnes of waste from landfill during 2015 and 2016. In fact, during this period no waste went to landfill at all.

With initiatives like these being rolled out across the Group, we’re looking forward to developing our lean techniques and reducing waste production even further.

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700 tonnes reduction in waste

We’ve cut waste from our sites by a very impressive 700 tonnes – the equivalent of 200 adult elephants

640 tonnes recycled

In the last few years, ABP Ireland has sent over 640 tonnes of waste material be recycled

  • 700 tonnes reduction in waste

    We’ve cut waste from our sites by a very impressive 700 tonnes – the equivalent of 200 adult elephants

  • 640 tonnes recycled

    In the last few years, ABP Ireland has sent over 640 tonnes of waste material be recycled

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