Reducing the impact our business has on the environment is very important to us at KP and we work in partnership with our parent company in a number of areas to reduce use of water, energy and packaging and to drive down our waste.
Driving down waste
We aim to reduce our waste levels by more than 5% per year.
All our waste oil is sent for conversion to biodiesel and used in the fleet that delivers our products. In 2017 the recycling of waste oil from our sites meant a saving of 1,193,395KGs of carbon, which is equivalent to over 250,000 cars off the road or electricity for over 170,000 homes.
Food waste is tracked and monitored at each of our production sites. Everything is either recycled into animal feed or re-processed for other uses, including waste salt to create salt lick for cattle or road grit. We support farmers in our community by providing potato peelings for animal feed.
All KP sites have been zero waste to landfill since 2012. In 2017 we won a ‘Zero Waste’ award for Excellence in Recycling & Waste Management, for maintaining this achievement and our ongoing focus on reduced waste.
We’ve cut CO2 by 34% since 2007.
We have ISO 50001 accreditation across all our sites to improve energy management.
Our factories have LED lighting installed.
Focus on Packaging
Whilst much of the flexible film we use for snack packaging is technically recyclable, it’s not practically recyclable in the UK currently. KP is working hard to make our packaging more sustainable whilst maintaining the same food safety and quality characteristics. We’ve also signed the UK Plastics Pact; an industry initiative seeking to transform plastic packaging by creating a circular economy for plastics. We hope this will lead to crisp packets being recyclable in the future.
Lowering our water use
We have been working hard to reduce our water use across our business, especially that used by our sites in production. Our McCoy’s factory in Teesside is our heaviest user of water since it is where raw potatoes are processed to make crisps. We’ve installed a water treatment plant at the site which recycles more than half a million cubic metres of water a year. We have also installed rainwater harvesting at all our sites. So far, these measures have helped reduce overall water use at Teesside by 72%, and across the whole of KP by 71%.
We use 11% less packaging than 10 years ago
90% of our corrugated cardboard cases are made from recycled sources.
KP is investing £30m in an optimisation programme at our Ashby factory, where we make brands like Hula Hoops, Skips and Space Raiders. As part of stage 1 of the project we will reduce the amount of material used on our larger multipack outer wrappers this year by circa 11.2 tonnes or 23% vs the current multipack format. As a result of the improved efficiency on our supply chain we will remove over 5,000 pallets and 100 trailers from the roads. In addition, we will also reduce our corrugated case use by circa 80 tonnes per annum.