Pinneys calls for support to tackle landfill issues

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A lack of eco-friendly waste disposal sites remains a crucial sticking point for processors' environmental programmes, according to seafood processor...

A lack of eco-friendly waste disposal sites remains a crucial sticking point for processors' environmental programmes, according to seafood processor Pinneys, based in Scotland.

Referring to its green strategy, technical director Darren Gedge said: "The biggest challenge we have is the reduction of landfill waste. We have converted 77% of our waste from landfill disposal, but the increased cost of landfill in the past year is significant.

"There are not nearly enough renderers, incinerators and biocomposting facilities in the UK.

"One of the nearest sites [to our base in Annan] might be 200 miles away. By the time you put waste distribution on top of landfill disposal, it blows our costs out of the water."

Gedge said the best stopgap solution until more progress was made was for processors to extend the use of any on-site facilities they had to others in their region. He suggested trade bodies such as the Scottish Food and Drink Federation could coordinate such initiatives.

He called on the government to provide more funding for technologies such as anaerobic digesters. "If we are to achieve our targets on landfill, there has to be more investment from the government to make it happen."

Following its acquisition by the Seafood Company, part of Foodvest Food Group, in March, Pinneys aimed to prioritise local, sustainable sourcing, working closely with its single, dedicated retail customer Marks & Spencer, said Gedge.