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Greggs the bakers becomes Greggs the recyclers

High-street baker Greggs is proving that recycling is good for business.

The chain, famous for its cakes and pasties, has invested £500,000 in a new recycling initiative for its Greggs of Treforest stores in Wales and South West England.

It has installed a cardboard compactor that recycles three tonnes of waste per week from shops and bakeries saving the company £40 per tonne on landfill costs plus generating revenue of an extra £25 per tonne.

But it is also giving away plastic tubs and metal tins to recycling companies that saves on disposal costs.

The company is also recycling paper and plans to recycle polypropylene bags.

So far, the company is saving £35,000 per year, but is also generating £5,000 in revenue per year from its recycling schemes.

But most of all it is using a high-tech machine to process the 40-50 tonnes of organic waste produced by the bakery and is shops in the region.

Greggs Treforest production director Andrew Kettle said: "The machine will pay for itself in terms of the landfill costs it will save us, but we are also investigating potential uses for some of the end product.

"The powder produced by the machine is inert and bacteria-free, so it could be used either for composting, or as an effective fat-based fuel."

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