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Gardner Aerospace’s Recycling with FCC Environment Takes Off

Gardner AerospaceGardner Aerospace, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of aerospace parts, has achieved zero waste to landfill at its Derby facility by working with recycling and waste management company FCC Environment.

Previously, the majority of the waste from Gardner Aerospace’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing and dispatch facility in Derby went to landfill. From January 2013, FCC Environment has been working towards diverting 100% of the site's waste away from landfill disposal and delivering substantial landfill tax savings.

After auditing the waste produced at the Derby facility, FCC Environment's expert team recommended separating different materials for recycling together with recovering energy from the remaining materials that cannot be recycled. This plan was implemented and now FCC Environment diverts all of Gardner Aerospace's waste away from landfill instead of paying £72 for every tonne in landfill tax.

FCC Environment collects waste directly from the Derby site which goes to its brand new £3.2 million materials recycling facility (MRF) in Alfreton which separates materials that can be recycled. The left over waste is then used to generate renewable energy at FCC Environment’s Eastcroft plant in Nottingham, which provides steam for an extensive district heating system.

Gardner Aerospace fabricates and supplies aerospace parts to leading aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus. The international company employs over 1,500 people at sites across the UK, France, Poland and India.

Reaching zero waste to landfill has helped Gardner Aerospace achieve the environmental management system certification, ISO14001.

Tony Barlow, logistics manager at Gardner Aerospace – Derby Limited, said: “We have been impressed with FCC Environment's high levels of service which includes regular collections and responding quickly to demands for more bins. Since working with FCC Environment, the factory floor is much tidier and the light and manoeuvrable bins suit a manufacturing environment.”

Richard Jeffery, national sales manager at FCC Environment, added: “We are keen to work with organisations of all sizes to promote waste as a resource and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill to save our customers money. FCC Environment offers a complete waste management service to businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire following significant investment in modern technology to recycle as much as possible from the region’s waste.”