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Gardner Aerospace's recycling off to a flier

FCC Environment is helping Derby-based Gardner Aerospace cut costs and waste with tailored collections, recycling and treatment services for their Derby operating facility


Gardner Aerospace is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of aerospace parts to companies including Airbus and Rolls-Royce. The company employs over 1,500 people at 12 sites across the UK, France, Poland and India.

The requirement

It was costing Gardner Aerospace £64 per tonne in landfill tax alone to send their commercial and industrial waste for disposal in the UK. As part of the relationship with FCC Environment, Gardner wanted to reduce its environmental impact and cut the costs associated with landfill. To achieve this, a zero waste to landfill target was set.

Gardner also wanted to achieve ISO-14001 accreditation, which is the international standard for environmental management systems. It is awarded to businesses when their practices relating to preventing pollution and complying with environmental management regulations meets certain criteria.

The solution
After auditing the waste produced at the Derby facility, FCC Environment’s expert team recommended separating different materials for recycling together with recovering energy from the remaining materials that cannot be economically or effectively recycled.

"We chose FCC Environment because of its competitive pricing and have been impressed with the high service levels and regular collections, particularly in responding to demands for more bins. We have now achieved zero waste to landfill which goes towards attaining ISO 14001 accreditation.”

Tony Barlow, logistics manager at Gardner Aerospace - Derby Limited

The results
Previously, the majority of Gardner Aerospace’s waste went to landfill but since January 2013, FCC Environment has helped them to achieve a 100% diversion of waste from landfill and make substantial landfill tax savings.

“We have invested in modern new facilities for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to help companies recycle more of their waste and make considerable savings in landfill tax. FCC Environment is keen to work with businesses in the area to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and pass on the associated savings to our customers.”

Richard Jeffery, national sales manager at FCC Environment

Working with Gardner Aerospace

  • FCC Environment provides a schedule of collections directly from Gardner Aerospace’s site in Derby and transports it to its new materials recycling facility (MRF) in Alfreton which separates materials that can be recycled such as plastics, metals and paper.

  • FCC’s expert team advises Gardner Aerospace on the waste and recycling options which have minimum impact and maximum value.

  • FCC Environment supports Gardner Aerospace with an account manager to resolve any queries on a daily basis

  • Waste that cannot be recycled is taken to the Eastcroft EfW in Nottingham where it is used to generate energy for the city’s district heating scheme. The EfW provides heat for around 5,000 homes as well as many businesses and public buildings in the city


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