Envar are excited to announce the launch of a new partnership with The Holkham Estate, on the north Norfolk coast. We will be working alongside Countrystyle Recycling to provide a recycling solution for all compostable packaging used on the estate, working together to achieve Holkham’s commitment to reduce non-recycled waste by 10% every year for the next ten years.
To successfully achieve a closed loop solution for Holkham, Countrystyle Recycling will collect the compostable packaging and food waste using one of Countrystyle’s dedicated food waste trucks or dual pod vehicles, specially designed to reduce the carbon footprint of collections. The waste will be taken to our flagship in-vessel composting site at St Ives, Cambridgeshire. Here our composting process will turn the waste into a soil conditioner for the agricultural, viticultural and horticultural markets where it will be used to help grow more food. This important new relationship is a ground-breaking moment for Norfolk, where currently most of its compostable packaging goes to incineration or landfill. Holkham hope that this new partnership inspires other attractions and businesses to join the movement to ensure compostable packaging is processed correctly.
Andy Sibley, Managing Director of Envar Composting Ltd commented: “As more businesses use compostable packaging we hope to see a reduction in the use of single use plastics and help to improve the health of our planet. We are pleased to able to provide a recycling solution for Holkham; Envar is in the unique position to be able to process compostable packaging through our innovative in-vessel composting system. The compost we produce can be used to nourish soil with a slow release of vital nutrients needed for healthy growth.”
Sue Penlington, Holkham’s Sustainability Manager explained: “The impact of Covid 19 has meant that many of our visitors are continuing to eat and drink outside using compostable cups and cutlery, so we’re really excited to be working with Countrystyle Recycling and Envar to be able to bring this waste solution to Norfolk. I’m particularly excited to work with our partner food concessions and that other local business and tourist attractions are able to join the mission. It’s only through collaboration that we’ll be able to make a difference towards our sustainability goals at the scale and speed which we need to do so. To be able to generate compost from our waste which can then be applied to local farms as a natural soil improver (thus reducing the need for artificial chemical applications and providing a medium for food to be grown in) is a dream – one person’s trash really is another’s treasure!”