food waste ready to be converted to energy

Responsible food waste disposal

Food waste creates a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere as it degrades. This is not good for the environment!

Following investment in a specialist vehicle, Willshee’s can now collect customers’ food waste and take it directly to a local anaerobic digestion (AD) plant. It then goes through the full AD process, which turns the food waste into compost, whilst the gases of the waste drive a generator which in turn produces electricity. All the electricity produced will be provided (as green energy) to the national grid, further reducing our customers’ environmental impact.

A large number of our customers who produce food waste also produce a high volume of glass, so the collection vehicle has been designed with two separate compartments which facilitates the collection of food and glass waste at the same time – so just one journey and further reducing our collective carbon footprint.

Mixed glass is stored in our Burton-on-Trent depot until we reach 26 tonnes. It is then delivered to a glass recycling facility in the region. The glass is then cleaned and sorted by colour, prior to being melted and moulded into new products.

Glass does not degrade through the recycling process, so it can be recycled an infinite number of times without any loss of purity. Recycled glass can be made into usable products in as little as 30 days.

Dean Willshee said: “Willshee’s is a zero waste to landfill waste management company, which means we are constantly looking for the most cost effective and environmentally friendly solutions to manage our customers’ waste. We avoid sending waste to landfill at every turn and so I am really pleased that our food and glass service is getting such good take up.”

Read more at: https://www.willshees.co.uk/food-glass-waste/

Photo caption:  Willshee’s is helping McDonald’s and other food and drink companies to reduce their environmental footprint with its new segregated waste collection vehicle.

L-R: David Willshee, Dean Willshee, Sarah McLean – Owner of 16 McDonald’s restaurants, and Ash Raven – McDonald’s Business Manager

3rd September 2019



Head Office Address:
Willshee’s Waste & Recycling Ltd
22 Granary Wharf
Wetmore Road
Burton-on-Trent
DE14 1DU

Depot 1 Address:
Willshee’s Waste & Recycling Ltd
Glensyl Way
Burton-On-Trent
DE14 1LX

Depot 2 Address:
Sawmills
Wharf Road
Burton-On-Trent
DE14 1PZ

Depot 3 Address:
Gresley Business Park
Cadley Hill Road
Swadlincote
DE11 9GE