The Elite Fish & Chip Company, which has three restaurants and takeaways in Lincolnshire, is facing the challenge of climate change head-on by becoming ‘zero waste to landfill’.
All the waste produced at the company’s three sites in Lincoln, Sleaford and Ruskington is now either reused, recycled, composted or converted into energy.
Working in partnership with Veolia, the Elite has started segregating its rubbish into different bins including, more recently, one for food waste.
This is collected from the Elite’s three restaurants and takeaways once a week and taken to Hemswell Biogas where it gets converted into methane gas. The gas either goes into the National Grid or gets converted into electricity to power local homes and businesses.
Currently, around three percent of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions comes just from the methane arising from the decomposition of biodegradable waste at landfill sites.
Angela O’Connor from Veolia explained: “Diverting food waste away from landfill is crucial to help combat climate change.
“Veolia can help the Elite and other businesses turn food waste into a valuable resource, by using anaerobic digestion to create green energy. A standard 240 litre waste bin, for example, can produce enough methane gas to fully charge three electric cars, a mobile phone for approximately 19,000 hours, and boil a kettle for 45 hours.
“The Elite is setting a great example which we hope others in the hospitality sector will follow. We’d like to congratulate them on implementing this change and their commitment to becoming a more responsible and sustainable business.”
Operations Manager Nigel Tindall said: “As a business, we’re always looking for ways to improve sustainability and reduce our carbon footprint.
“We initially trialled the new bins at our Sleaford restaurant and, although separating all our rubbish takes a bit more work, the rewards are worth all the effort.
“Not only have we been able to increase recycling and lower our CO2 emissions, but we’ve also saved money. However, we couldn’t have achieved this goal without the cooperation of our staff, and I’d like to personally thank them for doing their bit.”
As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment, the Elite ensure that it serves sustainably-sourced fish from North-East Atlantic fishing grounds and isMSC certified – helping to safeguard the future of our oceans.