Express Foods: Milking cost savings from waste reduction

A waste reduction programme at an Express Foods dairy in Cumbria is reaping unexpected benefits in efficiency and cost savings. Driven by increasing pressure from the regulators over its poor environmental record, the company took drastic action to avert the threat of closure. But its waste reduction programme also saved £80,000 in its first year of operation alone - and slashed milk wastage by 25%.

It is hard to imagine a more unlikely setting for a major pollution incident than Appleby-in-Westmorland. The small market town sits on the Eden, a prime fishing river in a fertile valley between the Pennines and the Lake District peaks.

But in June 1987, a spill of 500 gallons of ammonia at the Express Foods factory, sited on the brow of a hill overlooking the town, escaped into a stormwater drain. The pollution ran directly into the Ede

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