St Austell Brewery awards three-year £1m contract to Cornwall Waste Solution

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St Austell Brewery, reportedly the South West’s oldest independent family brewer, has announced a new £1 million-plus contract with Roche-based waste management firm Cornwall Waste Solution (CWS) to service its south west retail estate stretching from Lands End to Bath.

The three-year deal will see CWS managing the Brewery’s entire waste output from its St Austell head office, key distribution hubs in St Columb, Heathfield, Ilfracombe and Avonmouth, as well as its managed houses across the South West region.

According to CWS, the Brewery selected CWS as a locally owned and run business, whose directors Shane Beadle, Paul Tregunna and office manager Rebecca Game - together boasting over 60 years’ experience in the waste industry - are reported to share the brewery’s commitment to working toward 0% waste to landfill and fully sustainable operations.

Brewery CEO James Staughton said: “As a Cornish company we are always keen to work with and support local businesses, but sometimes the sheer scale of our operations can present logistical challenges that are hard to meet. However, when we saw what CWS had to offer and how that would work over such a wide area, there really was no question about signing the deal.”

"What made our proposition doubly appealing to St Austell Brewery was our ability as a waste broker to break the contract down into manageable regional operations, commissioning locally resourced, family-owned companies in each of those areas to manage the brewery’s waste requirements in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner," stated CSW director, Shane Beadle.

Picking up the Cornish end of the contract is Redruth-based H & A Recycling (H & A). Integrating all their waste services together in 2011, H & A developed a new material recycling facility at the Cardrew Industrial Estate in 2012 where all waste is brought back, separated out into their different fractions and recycled and diverted away from costly landfill sites. According to H & A, arranging separate waste collections, especially for food waste, allows it to reduce the weight in the bins to cut costs and improve the quality of the general waste to achieve better recycling.

Devon Contract Waste (DCW), based in Exeter, will be handling operations across the Tamar in Devon. "As the first regional operation to offer a Zero to Landfill solution, DCW ensures up to 68% of trade waste materials are sorted, baled and sold for onward processing to create new materials and products in a wide variety of industries. The remaining materials that cannot be recycled – 30-35% – are sent to energy plants from waste centres so nothing is landfilled," said a DCW spokesperson.

Contracted to fulfil the remaining Bristol and Bath region, Able Waste is reported to be a Four Star member of the national Green Achievers Scheme, recycling over 150 tons of trade waste every day at their Bristol Hallen site into new products or diverting it from landfill to energy plants.

Completing the circuit, Cornwall Cullet, run by John ‘The Glass’ Lee from his Redruth base since 1995, will be responsible for St Austell Brewery’s waste glass recycling across the county.

The brewery’s compliance officer Rob Freight said: “What could have been an incredibly complex and challenging project has been broken down to a very simple format that is both environmentally friendly and promotes local businesses and opportunities. That’s a proper win-win as far as we’re concerned.”


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