The partnership has already led to a 70 per cent reduction in waste being taken from Oliver Adamsâ€™ 29 shops to landfill.
Instead the food and general waste is taken to a pioneering new waste disposal plant in Bedfordshire where it is used to produce renewable energy that is sold to the National Grid.
Traditional bakery Oliver Adams approached F&R Cawley for advice as the company looked to upgrade its environment-friendliness.
Under the system, each shop segregates its food and general waste into colour-coded sealed bags which are brought back to the bakery in Northampton. The plastics and cardboard are baled, collected and then taken for recycling. The food waste is emptied into a specially sealed food skip, then taken weekly to the Biogas plant at Milton Ernest for a totally green waste disposal.
Biogas, a partnership between food and animal waste processor Bedfordia Farms and F&R Cawley, aims to handle more than 30,000 tonnes of food waste a year. It has been designed as a sustainable solution to food waste disposal and to increase capture rates of recyclables from the commercial waste stream. It helps companies using it to comply with the governmentâ€™s BS14001 environmental standard.
Oliver Adamsâ€™ managing director Thomas Adams is delighted at the 70pc saving in landfill tax, which he expects to rise exponentially year on year. He said: “We believe recycling is not only good for the environment but it also makes good business sense. We realised that not only was there a good business reason to minimise our waste disposal costs by recycling but also that indeed companies also have a responsibility towards the environment.”
As well as shops in Northamptonshire, Oliver Adams has outlets in Leighton Buzzard, Olney and Woburn Sands.