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GBN company wins CIWM national award for recycling

Release date: 03/12/2007

Hain Celestial Group was recently announced the winner of the Recycling Performance of the Year Award at the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) Awards for Environmental Excellence. The award is designed to recognise excellent performance in recycling across all industries, which can be demonstrated in a number of ways, such as recycling of a new material, finding a market for a waste material, or improving the sustainability of the product or process.

The winners were announced at an event held at the Dorchester Hotel on London's Park Lane. On presenting the Award, Steve Lee, chief executive of CIWM, said: "If we are going to see real change in the way we manage our resources, including waste, every part of society has to be engaged. These awards recognise the efforts being made by public and private sector organisations across a range of industries to implement a more sustainable approach to waste and resource management, to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and to develop new products and practices that deliver a better environmental performance."

Hain Celestial specialises in organic and natural products, producing around 30 million sandwiches every year for Marks & Spencer from its site in Luton.

The company has made great strides in its recycling of food and packaging waste. Less than a year ago, it recycled just nine percent of on-site waste but with help received under GBN’s Resource Efficiency Action Programme (REAP) and the BETI+ project, it is now set to achieve its target of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill by 85 percent before the end of 2007.

In December 2006, the company began segregating its food waste and sending it to a biogas site in Bedfordshire, reducing the number of compactor lifts on site from six to just one per week.

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