Shanks Group, the international waste management business, helps client Silverburn Shopping Centre in Galsgow reduce its waste to zero in landfill in just six weeks after winning the contract. Silverburn Shopping Centre, is now sending none of its waste to landfill.
Originally, the chain of retail stores comprising of 130 stores and 14 million customers annually, recycled only 9% of its waste, mainly consisting of glass and cardboard, the rest of the waste being transformed in landfill and thus resulting in costly taxes and gate fees.
Since Shank Group took over the recycling management of the company’s waste, it implemented a much structured and efficient recycling policy, with all general waste being processed at Shanks’ recycling facility at Blochairn, Glasgow, and organic waste to its anaerobic digestion plant at Cumbernauld. Here, the organic leftovers are converted into biogas for renewable energy generation and digestate for use as a nutrient-rich soil conditioner. This only leaves 3% of unrecyclable waste, which is processed for energy recovery.
The result is seen as an achievement by both the Shanks Group’s management and its client; it also serves as proof that zero waste to landfill goal can be achieved by any company, provided that there is a well structured recycling policy that differentiated recycling facilities exist.