arla Foods yesterday staked a claim to be the first major dairy company in the UK to achieve zero waste to landfill throughout the entire business.
The dairy co-operative said that more than 90 per cent of its waste is recycled.
The remaining waste is recovered or processed into a refuse derived fuel which can be used to produce energy.
Arla wants to reduce its carbon impact by 34 per cent by 2020.
Lars Dalsgaard, group director of the supply chain, said: “This is an enormous achievement for us and a great success on which to end 2011. Colleagues across all our sites are very aware of the company’s sustainability responsibilities, and have been working hard to help us reduce our environmental impact.”
Richard Laxton, sustainability manager at Arla, said: “Food waste from our dairies and distribution centres is also used to generate biogas and green electricity at off-site anaerobic digestion plants.”
Arla UK is headquartered at Stourton, near Leeds.