August 26, 2014 – By Graham Broach–
Nigel Eadie- owner of The Original Pasty House on Armada Way Plymouth
A CAFE with branches in Plymouth and Tavistock is now recycling 95 per cent of the waste it produces – and helping a local ice-cream factory into the bargain.
The Original Pasty House, run by husband and wife Nigel and Janet Eadie, had been recycling 50 per cent of its waste.
But after discussions with their commercial waste disposal contractor, the couple discovered that virtually none of it needed to go to landfill.
The couple pride themselves on running an ethical and socially responsible business: they use fair-trade coffee, free-range eggs and use local suppliers extensively to reduce food miles.
Mr Eadie said: “We have always been conscious of the environment, but didn’t realise how much could be recycled.
“We got involved in a conversation with the firm that disposes of our waste.
“They emptied a bin, separated things out and found that only a handful of things could not be recycled.”
The business then bought a range of new bins and the 65 staff in each branch were trained in which waste went where, with feedback in notices and with their pay slips.
Among the materials now recycled are plastics, metals, cardboard and office waste.
Mr Eadie said: “Our staff are really behind this, and we have had many positive comments from our customers.
“We all have a responsibility in terms of how we run our businesses, and it is important to do the right thing.
“Food which goes to landfill decomposes and creates methane, which depletes the ozione layer and is bad for the environment.
“We pay to have our food waste collected twice a week in sealed bags.”
From there, the waste goes to Langage Farm in Plympton, where it is put in an anaerobic digester.
This produces methane which is harnessed to generate enough electricity to power the ice-cream plant and sell a surplus to the National Grid.
The food residue is turned into fertiliser pellets rich in nitrogen, which is spread on the fields.
The grass grows more lush, enabling the cows to produce creamier milk.
Mr Eadie added: “Our new system is virtually cost-neutral.
“Ninety-five per cent of everything we use goes to be recycled or reused – and we’re working on the other five per cent with the aim of zero to landfill in years to come.”