We are working towards a target of zero landfill by continuously optimizing our yield and that of our farmers and finding alternative uses for our by-products, thereby contributing to the overall UN aim of halving food waste globally by 2030. We also aim to reduce the waste from our packaging by using only fully recyclable and recycled bags & liners in collaboration with our customers.
Globally, around a third of food is wasted, and a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report stated that during 2010-2016, food waste contributed to total global greenhouse gas emissions (8% to 10%). UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 aims to halve global food waste per capita at both a retail and individual consumer level, and to reduce food waste in production and supply chains by 2030.
As malt producers we revalorize the majority of our process ‘’waste’’ as by-products. The organic waste flows, such as the small barley and the culms of the malt, are used as fodder for livestock, as they are rich in protein. The remaining waste flows are used as fertilizer or biomass and contribute to energy production in our own or external facilities.
In terms of waste from packaging, by transporting as much as possible in bulk trucks, ships, barges and railcars, we use very little packaging in our product flow from farmer to customer. Where this is not possible due to the lack of facilities at the client side, the malt is packed in 25/50 kg bags, big bags or in containers with liners. These bags and liners are mainly composed of polypropylene and LDPE liners, which are already 100% recyclable.
In addition to working towards our internal ambition to get to zero landfill by 2030, we will engage with clients to look for ways to reduce their packaging needs and recycle the packaging material. We will also ensure that all packaging has been at least partly made from recycled materials. In some countries we are already part of national recycling organisations, such as REPAK in Ireland, and we plan to participate in similar initiatives in all countries.