The roll out of a successful educational and empowerment programme leads to lower operating costs and increased recycling across the business.

The Customer

One of the largest suppliers of branded still and carbonated soft drinks in the UK. Also an industry leader in Ireland and France and a recognised brand across its key markets.

The Challenge

Limited understanding regarding the efficiency of its waste operation resulted in a requirement to review and audit the site. The desired output was to firstly identify, in a broad sense, any opportunities to save costs, but also to recommend a programme that educates staff on the effects of poor waste handling and introduce new and more efficient techniques.

Our Solution

The key process of this project focused towards the education and empowerment of key stakeholders within the production teams on-site, which included training on contamination – what it looks like and how it is preventable – as well as making the teams accountable for making correct waste bales and internal segregation.

By helping the team understand the financial losses incurred through poor behaviours and decisions in the waste management process, we have empowered them to increase the “waste recycled” KPI of the site. Currently this is set at 97% – so only 3 % is allowable to Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) as general waste.  RDF is, on the Waste Hierarchy, classified as recovery because the waste is processed to produce a material which can be used as a substitute for fossil fuel.

The Outcome

Following on from a very successful first team meeting the programme has now been rolled out to production teams across their production sites, with the ideas and processes already being implemented at two of their manufacturing sites.

By the end of the year, all production sites will have had the training and support programme introduced and the client has already seen the impact on their site operating costs.

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