The ReFood team is celebrating after being crowned ‘Best Environmental Business’ at the 2014 Yorkshire’s Finest Environment Awards. Announced at a prestigious ceremony at The Queen’s Hotel in Leeds earlier this month, the evening saw ReFood outstrip organisations across the region to take home the impressive accolade.
Commended for continued excellence and innovation in the environmental sector, the judges were impressed by ReFood’s investment and development in the latest waste management solutions, as well as the simplicity and efficiency of its outstanding customer offer.
Alongside providing up to 45% savings on customers’ waste costs, ReFood was recognised for revolutionising the region’s approach to food waste management by embracing anaerobic digestion to turn food waste into renewable energy and heat. As well as significantly reducing landfill volume, this environmentally-friendly process generates enough energy to power 5,0oo homes and produces a nutrient-rich fertiliser which is used by farms across the region to grow food.
“The ReFood team is committed to leading the way in food waste collection and recycling, helping organisations across Doncaster and the surrounding areas to effectively minimise the amount of food waste sent to landfill” commented Philip Simpson, commercial director at ReFood.
“We’re delighted to have been recognised as Yorkshire’s Best Environmental Business; especially when shortlisted against such strong competition from the region’s leading environmental organisations. Since opening our first anaerobic digestion facility in 2011, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of local companies looking to lower landfill volume and become more environmentally-friendly. In fact, the demand for food waste recycling has been so high that we’ve recently invested over £6m to double our service capacity. This will allow us to not only collect and recycle over 160,000 tonnes of food waste every year, but also to convert it to over 5MWh of renewable energy via our state of the art anaerobic digestion facilities – enough to power over 10,000 homes throughout the year.”