Cromwell’s feet barely touched Irish ground…

Never let it be said that the staff at Cromwell miss opportunities. On their recent visit to Northern Ireland, Niall and Paul visited eleven councils, ‘a few’ packaging companies, and seventy-nine janitorial companies. In a week.

The reason they were in the Emerald Isle was to reiterate recent changes in the country’s waste management laws, and to show how Cromwell could support organisations with the challenges the new legislation presents.

Paul and Niall
Paul and Niall

From April this year, the Northern Ireland Food Waste Law took effect, which impacts any business or organisation that produces more than 50kg of waste food per week – affecting hospitals, canteens, schools and supermarkets, as well as restaurants and hotels. The legislation hopes to foster more thought from business owners, such as devising more efficient processes and improving menu choices (to reduce the amount of food waste generated in the first place), and redistributing product that’s still good quality to charitable causes – before the remaining waste is either recycled or sent to landfill, the latter being the absolute last resort.

Companies not adhering to the new law will be fined, and from next April, businesses producing less than 50kg food waste per week will be held to the same regulations.

A similar law was introduced in Scotland in 2014, and Cromwell subsequently won numerous contracts with Scottish councils, proving caddy liners specifically designed to fit council-issued containers, which help households and businesses easily segregate food waste.
Cromwell already work with Arc21, an umbrella waste management group that covers six councils in Northern Ireland, supplying them with liners in various different sizes. Following Niall and Paul’s whirlwind tour of Northern Ireland, there’ll undoubtedly be many more organisations, councils and businesses following suit; they already had one order before they left the country, and enquiries coming out of their ears.

Niall also found time to meet with Peter Jones of FWD (Food Waste Diversion), which is part of the Frylite Group. FWD is a new division for the Group, which intends to offer a food waste collection service to businesses within Northern Ireland. 36,000 tonnes of food waste is sent to landfill in NI each year.

Waste oil collection is already part of Frylite’s offering; the plan to deliver the same service to clients, concerning their food waste, follows a successful pilot scheme and trials with key account holders. Cromwell are currently in talks with the Group to supply protective liners for the wheeled bins FWD plan to use as part of this service.

All in all, it was definitely a productive week, if not a busy one. With more and more businesses and councils adopting a similar attitude to their waste management – through social/moral pressure or a change in law – it’s unlikely Cromwell will rest anytime soon.