Renshaw is a British food manufacturing company with over 100 years’ experience in baking and cake decorating products. The company prides itself on having a predominantly local workforce and being the grantee of a Royal Warrant for almond products.
Renshaw is the leading British manufacturer of ready to roll icing, marzipan, frostings, caramel and mallows. It supplies specialist sugar craft shops, bakery and general wholesalers as well as major grocery retailers. It also supplies UK customers direct through an e-commerce site.
All production comes from the Liverpool site which creates approximately 20,000 tonnes of finished product each year and all sugar used in Renshaw products is milled on site to ensure it meets exacting brand and product standards.
As you would expect from such a high production site, these processes leave behind a considerable amount of waste that needs to be dealt with in a timely, efficient and compliant manner. As with everything else they do, environmental responsibilities are taken very seriously at Renshaw so it was important for their waste management partner to have equally high standards.
By working with B&M, Renshaw had chosen a local Carbon Neutral company with proven service levels and a commitment to sustainable waste management. At the start of the contract the service yard at Renshaw was being taken up by old equipment and disjointed waste service provisions.
B&M installed two new compactors to deal with the volume of general waste and leftover large cardboard items. The cardboard achieves revenue back for the company while the general waste is taken to B&M’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) eight miles away on the Wirral where any recyclables are removed before being sent on for processing and 100% recovered as Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).
Furthermore, B&M provided a number of colour-coded containers to store additional segregated recyclates, such as plastic buckets, and held a number of training sessions for the factory workers to understand their environmental responsibilities. The nut skins leftover from the processes on site are blown directly into a large covered skip and when full this is taken to a local farm and used for composting.
The simplified waste collection, storage and recycling services that B&M provides to Renshaw has allowed its staff to carry on doing what they do best – make top quality baking ingredients, while the improved tidiness and ambience in the service area is more appropriate to onlookers from the likes of UK Premium Retailers during site visits and audits.
With the help of B&M, in 2015 Renshaw diverted 190 tonnes of general waste from landfill, with reduced waste movements and carbon footprint due to the new compactors achieving maximum payload. Over 120 tonnes of cardboard was recycled and over 70 tonnes of nut skins
was used as composting. The indirect carbon emissions saved through landfill diversion for all waste streams last year equated to 441,818kg of carbon; the equivalent of 582 trees or nearly 3 million miles in a car.
To further improve the environmental performance on-site we are looking to introduce an office recycling system, with new recycling stations utilised with clear signage to promote better segregation inside the offices and canteens. Plastic shrink wrap from the factory is also being assessed as there is the potential to bale this on-site and get revenue back for Renshaw, while further reducing general waste tonnages.