Zero to Landfill!

Hadland Care Group are pleased to announce all waste generated across the businesses will result in Zero to Landfill!

Working closely with The Resource South together with BIFFA, their subcontracted waste processing company, confirmed none of the waste generated ends up as landfill.

All dry mixed recycling is sent to local transfer stations and is then sorted into cardboard, plastic, metal, glass and contaminated items which are then sold on in bales.  The contaminated items are added to the General Waste. This General Waste is also transported to the local transfer stations and blended into 1-tonne bales, which are then burnt for energy. The ash left is used for roads and making good landscaping.  All nappies and food waste go into these black bins.

Although food waste currently goes into general waste, food bins are to be installed into the nurseries as well as head office.  The food will then be distributed to local farmers (depending on location and proximity to appropriate farms), or to Anaerobic Digestion, where the plastic is extracted, the food minced and burned for gas/energy.  Any clinical waste (pads and sanitary ware) is incinerated – no toxic fumes is used for energy.

The plan is to reduce the amount of general waste (either reducing bin size or by missing a collection once or twice a month), reducing costs and saving diesel. However, this may have adverse environmental issues with increased risk with vermin /odour and will be monitored.

The following 3 targets are going to be measured by The Resource South weighing the amount of waste generated and feeding this data back to monitor and to landfill

  • Make sure colleagues and children put all recycling into the correct bin. Monitor any increase to recycling bin size or collection frequency.  Ensuring all metal, glass, plastic, paper, cardboard (no food or liquid) is recycled
  • Reduce the weight of nappies in the waste (by encouraging children to come out of nappies earlier, stopping unnecessary changing during the day)
  • Reduce the amount of food waste getting into food waste bins, reducing overall cost and waste management

The Resource South are also going to monitor whether there is recycling in general waste or contaminants in our recycling. This will be fed back and addressed with staff training.

BIFFA have some resources for Education (what to recycle and what not to etc.) and once available, issued to all managers to share with their teams for effective zero to landfill management.

Finally, there have been concerns that Veolia, who look after two sites currently, do not always do the same because the local authority has priority on the process listed above. With the closure of disposal sites at Verwood and Wareham next year, the affected nurseries will then be included in the zero to landfill waste directive.



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