ReFood, the Doncaster-based food waste recycler, has invested almost £700,000 in expanding its collection fleet and created 12 new jobs following growth in the number of businesses in the region diverting food waste from landfill.
The company, which collects food waste from retailers, hotels, restaurants and local tourist attractions and turns it into renewable energy, has seen significant growth since opening its anaerobic digestion plant on Ings Road in 2011. So much so, that the company is currently doubling capacity at the plant as part of a £6m project. As a result, the Doncaster plant will have capacity to recycle 160,000 tonnes of food wastes – such as out of date produce, plate scrapings and other unsaleable products.
ReFood has taken delivery of 10 new Volvo trucks with specialist bodies to service its collection rounds, which stretch in a 50 miles radius of Doncaster, covering areas such as Leeds, Sheffield, Barnsley, Hull and Scunthorpe. A further 12 drivers have also been employed to operate the vehicles. Each vehicle is able to carry 44 wheelie bins, exchanging clean bins for full ones of food waste as part of ReFood’s unique bin swap offer. In a typical day’s work, each vehicle will see 170 bins delivered to the recycling plant.
Richard Poskitt, Commercial Manager, at ReFood comments: “This investment at ReFood Doncaster is just one element of our ongoing fleet expansion programme. We are looking to invest in a further 50 vehicles across our nationwide business to service our expanded and new sites in Widnes, Nuneaton and Dagenham as well as replacing some of our older models.
“The new trucks are enabling us to service the needs of our increasing customer base and ensure we have the capacity to continue to grow. More and more businesses are realising the commercial benefits of diverting food waste from landfill in terms of reduced waste costs and the potential of reduced waste collections. Indeed, in many instances, we’ve been able to reduce waste costs by as much as 45% – such a percentage can make a real difference to the bottom line.”