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Smarter baling of butcher's cardboard

Family-run catering butcher Yorkshire Dales Meat Company has strengthened its recycling strategy by investing in a compact waste baler from Riverside Waste Machinery.

The vertical RWM75 machine is being used to bale mostly cardboard waste, which is generated from boxed meat delivered to the Bedale factory from local farms. But the baler also handles plastic farm waste, allowing both mat­erial streams to be taken away for recycling.

With its own fleet of refrigerated vehicles, deliveries of meat products are made daily by the company across the region. Due to the size of the operation and the volume of cardboard produced, it made commercial and environmental sense to buy a baler.

Managing director James Knox said: “The family has been farming here for more than 100 years, and the business has grown significantly. Earlier this year, we took over another butcher’s company and the acquisition extended the size of the organisation yet again.

“We therefore increased the volume of waste we produce and knew we needed a smarter solution.”

Two loads of cardboard, or 12 x 75kg bales, are now being produced each week. Knox added: “Rather than paying for waste to be taken away from the farm, we now receive a rebate for our bales, the farm has become more efficient and we are also contributing to the environment.”



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