Invest NI helps Diageo achieve zero waste to landfill

World leading premium drinks manufacturer Diageo is among the companies that Invest Northern Ireland’s Industrial Symbiosis Service has helped to implement a ‘zero waste to landfill’ policy.

The policy aims to tackle the problem of increasing waste-related costs. Landfill tax increased to £64 per tonne from 1 April 2012 bringing the total costs of disposing of waste to landfill to around £100 per tonne.

One option for addressing this increasing cost of waste is to implement a ‘zero waste to landfill’ policy and the Industrial Symbiosis Service can help companies to achieve this target.

Olive Hill, Invest NI’s Director of Innovation and Technology Development, says: “As well as the obvious costs associated with waste disposal, there are a lot of hidden costs such as skip hire and collection charges. Add in the cost of raw materials and the processing time and energy used to get waste into the skip, and the real cost of waste escalates.

“The fact is that waste is costing businesses a lot of money so it makes sense for companies to reduce or eliminate the amount of waste that has to go to landfill.”

This is what Diageo is aiming to do at its Belfast plants with support from the Industrial Symbiosis Service.

Diageo’s Smallpack Compliance Manager Joanne Doak, says: “The Industrial Symbiosis Service has helped our company divert over 450 tonnes of waste, including hazardous waste, from landfill and now we are well on the way to achieving zero waste. Diageo is proud of this achievement and we have agreed to host an industrial symbiosis workshop at our Marshall’s Road site so that other businesses can learn from and share in our success.”

Businesses interested in finding out more about achieving zero waste to landfill have the opportunity to attend upcoming industrial symbiosis workshops. The first is on 22 May in Strabane when a tour of O’Neill’s Sportswear will be available, while the second takes place at Diageo’s Marshall’s Road site on 21 June. For more information contact Elaine Kerr on 028 3833 3438.

The Industrial Symbiosis Service in Northern Ireland is supported by Invest Northern Ireland and part financed by the European Regional Development Fund.