It seems that the old adage ‘waste not, want not’ really pays off. Halifax-based waste management firm the Leo Group is going from strength to strength in regards to both the services offered and its financial outlook. The company, which started off as a mink farm in 1970, has specialised in the management of animal by-products from farming and meat production. More recently however, the Leo Group has extended its offering into more general types of waste (for example dry wastes such as paper and plastic and food waste) and also into the production of renewable energy which will be created at the 10 megawatt biomass plant that it has just been granted planning permission for.
Farming and meat production creates waste in the form of ‘fallen stock’ and also in terms of unusable meat products, bones and feathers. The Leo Group both collects these products and puts them to a range of products. For example, one Leo Group subsidiary, Robinson Mitchell Limited, provides the important countryside service of collecting fallen stock. Other subsidiaries specialising in different types of by-product rendering include feathers, for example. These are hydrolysed, which sterilises and dries them and converts them into a high quality, high protein meal which is ideal for pet food, fish feed and fertiliser. Apart from the production of meal, Leo Group also produces two different grades of poultry oil and tallow oil.
Through its work reclaiming these by-products, Leo Group supplies ecologically friendly ingredients to the Oleo Chemical industry and the aviation industry, as well as the pet food industry and the cosmetic industry.
The Leo Group’s commitment to ecologically sound principles goes beyond its output. These company values, to sustainability and environmental responsibility are clear throughout the chain of business activities and beyond. For example, Leo Group has built a wind turbine to provide substantial energy to one of its sites, it provides environmental education to local schools and it has been awarded ISO certifications in environmental management for several of its sites.
It appears that the Leo Group has a holistic approach to sustainability and responsibility as through the Leo Group Community Fund the business invests in community projects in and around its various sites. In regards to its own staff the company has secured the OHSAS 18001 certification, which is recognition of the very highest standards of commitment to health and safety at work.
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