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Willshee’s Start Collections of Waste Food & Glass

Willshee’s Waste & Recycling are proud to announce that we have introduced the first vehicle to our fleet which is specifically designed to collect segregated food and glass waste.

Willshee’s is a Zero waste to Landfill waste management company, which means that we are dedicated to identifying and adopting the most environmentally friendly solutions to manage our customers waste. At every stage of our process we do everything in our power to avoid sending waste to landfill.

Food waste is a particular problem as it creates a massive amount of greenhouse gases which are released into our atmosphere as the food biodegrades. This is why the new service from Willshee’s is designed to reduce the negative impact that waste food has on the environment. Willshee’s food waste collection service works to convert the would-be waste into energy to power the region.

For over 15 years, Willshee’s have been providing our customers with a trade waste collection service. But after a number of Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants opened in our region we realised that we could expand our existing services. The establishment of such plants meant that Willshee’s now had sustainable local outlets to transport food waste to and led to the introduction of our first vehicle dedicated to this. The vehicle hit roads in April 2018.

After collection, food waste will be sent to one of three local AD plants in our region. Once delivered, the food waste will go through the full Anaerobic Digestion process, this process turns the food waste into compost, whilst the gases of the waste driver 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 existing customers who produce food waste also produce a high volume of glass, so the new collection vehicle has been designed with two separate compartments this allows us to collect food and glass waste at the same time, which further reduces the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.

The mixed glass collected by our team will be stored at our Burton-on-Trent depot until it reaches a weigh of 26 tonnes. Once this amount has been accumulated, the glass will be delivered into a glass recycling facility in our region. After the glass is cleaned and sorted by colour, it is melted and moulded into new products. The glass is then recycled as new products which will be reused again and again. Glass doesn’t 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.

Willshee’s are pleased to introduce this new service to our existing and new customers, and hope that this is only the first of many waste food & glass waste vehicles. For more information about this, and all of our services, please do not hesitate to get in touch- give us a call on 01283 702 340.

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