Schoeller Allibert produces robust solution for Andigestion

Schoeller Allibert, the UK manufacturer of plastic reusable transit packaging (RTP), has delivered eco-friendly plastic containers to Andigestion, meeting the food waste recycling company's strict environmental policies.

Collecting food waste from manufacturers and food producers of all sizes nationwide, Andigestion specialises in recycling the waste into renewable energy and a nutrient rich fertiliser at its digestion facility. The first UK operator to run a food waste-only anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, Andigestion has developed a cost-effective and efficient method of waste processing. Environmentally-conscious, Andigestion ensures that all of its processes are optimised to be eco-friendly with recycling at the forefront of its business objectives.

Andigestion required containers to store the food waste to then be transported to its food recycling facility in Gloucestershire. The products needed to be robust as they would be in constant use, from tipping to rotating on fork lift trucks and continous emptying and refilling of food waste. As well as carrying the food waste, the containers also had to be sustainable and environmentally-friendly, to help meet Andigestion's environmental goals.

After being approached by Andigestion, Schoeller Allibert recommended its Big Box Rigid Pallet Containers (RPCs) because their robust properties make them ideal for heavy duty handling operations. More than 300 large boxes were delivered to Andigestion, branded with the company's colours of green and orange to ensure they were aligned with the rest of the company's equipment. The rigidity of the boxes meant they could perform in the testing environment, meaning Andigestion's processes weren't slowed down due to faulty or low-performing equipment.

In addition to their robust properties, Schoeller Allibert's RPCs were aligned with Andigestion's policies of ensuring all processes are as environmentally-friendly as possible. The RPCs are reusable meaning they were the perfect solution for Andigestion. Moreover, as they are stackable, they allow for optimised space when transporting the food waste to and from sites. Although the RPCs have the capability to be stacked ten high, the ideal solution for Andigestion was to stack three high, allowing them to maximise their delivery capabilities when transporting waste. As a result, Andigestion has reduced the amount of trips made when delivering food waste to its facilties, providing cost savings as a result.

Jason Ward, Commercial Manager at Andigestion, explained: "As we collect food waste and recycle it from a wide range of customers, which includes small processors to large, multi-national food producers, it is vital that our containers are robust enough to perform under extreme conditions. Schoeller Allibert's containers were the perfect solution for our operations as they continue to perform at the highest level.

"What's impressed us more is that the plastic containers have contributed to our high standards of efficient processes, thanks to their reusability and the space-saving elements meaning we are able to reduce our transport. The addition of customised colours to match company branding means that is has been the perfect solution for our needs."

Victoria Rhodes, Regional Sales Manager at Schoeller Allibert, added: "Having worked with Andigestion for several years, our relationship has grown thanks to the quality of our products. We are delighted to play a part in helping Andigestion maintain the most efficient processes and see the company continue to progress and expand."

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