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.

Waste Minimisation

Reducing and minimising the waste we produce is a priority for all our sites, and one that;s central to developing sustainable methods of meat production. Each and every one of us creates waste in a different way, so it’s a responsibility that we all share.

We use lean techniques to identify areas creating most waste, and implement changes in how we re-order materials, increase recycling, and forge mutually beneficial partnerships with energy recovery companies. To date, our work has seen waste reduced by a massive 700 tonnes. That means no waste in landfill, thanks to partners finding new uses for even non-recyclable materials.

From Start to Finish

At ABP Clones, we overhauled our meat packing process from start to finish – all in the aid of reducing waste, and developing more sustainable food production. The initiative included everything from staff training, to the introduction of more durable packing, and optimising the way we operate packaging machines. The result was a huge success, with a 70% reduction in waste generation -1.5 tonnes of packaging per day – with the same processes now being rolled out across all our sites.

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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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