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Arla foods on track to zero-carbon.

Thanks to Biffa's cutting-edge waste innovations, Arla Foods' Aylesbury is on its way to becoming the world's first zero-carbon milk processing facility.

Arla Foods and Biffa have worked together for a number of years, but the relationship moved into a new phase during the development of the flagship plant, when Biffa put forward a radical proposal to help Aria Foods achieve its ambitious environmental targets.

Arla Foods' environmental plans include zero waste to landfill, incorporating 30percent recycled plastic in its milk bottles by 2015 (50percent by 2020) and ensuring 30percent of the dairy's energy comes from renewable sources by 2020.

Biffa recommended the installation of a number of in-plant innovations, including a revolutionary machine that crushes milk bottles, feeding milk to an anaerobic digestion tank and plastic to a baler. The plastics are collected and recycled by Biffa Polymers' facility in Redcar. Biffa then supplies the recycled plastic to a milk bottle manufacturer that, in turn, supplies to Arla Foods, delivering a closed-loop system.

Other tools introduced by the Biffa team include a bin lifter constructed from stainless steel to protect it from the corrosion caused by milk acidity, large-scale source separation of milk bottles and a fully galvanised plastics baler and card/polythene baler--installed in August 2013.

Daryl Grace, Biffa Corporate Account Manager, used his close working knowledge of Aria Foods to find a solution that would work for the world's third-largest dairy cooperative. He explained; "Aria Foods is committed to using advanced process technologies and renewable energies, so I began to investigate what was out there and they were impressed with what they saw. We have now been able to give them low-carbon energy generation and closed loop recycling."

Kathy Atkinson, EHS Coordinator, Aria Foods Aylesbury, said: "We want to be industry leading in everything we do; an ethos that applies to our approach to waste management. Biffa showed a real understanding of what we were aiming to achieve and we are delighted with its innovative solutions, which are already starting to produce fantastic results."

Contact Biffa on tel 01494 521221 or visit

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Date:Nov 1, 2014
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