Leo Group has been at the forefront of animal by-product processing since they began, when Leo Sawrij used basic recycling methods on his maggot farms 40 years ago. Since then, Leo Group has become one of the most efficient companies in the UK, and prides itself in being self-sufficient and environmentally friendly. They have built strong links with The British Agricultural Industry, and their farming heritage means they have a deep knowledge of the entire food supply chain process. By converting animal by-products into protein meals and purified fats, Leo Group has developed a way of both reducing animal by-product waste and generating profit.
Leo Group’s advanced rendering process produces in excess of 60 million litres of environmentally-friendly bio fuel, making them one of the UK’s leading environmental companies. Investing in the advanced technology to ensure they are as resourceful as possible, Leo Group has recently invested in a power thermal oxidising unit at the Thornton site. This renders Category-1 material, and helps to recycle 100% of all materials brought on site. This means highly odorous condensate and processed gases are turned into energy for producing steam, which is then used in the manufacturing process. Leo Group is entirely self-sufficient, using renewable energy to run their sites.
Leo Group also uses the latest technology to supply Europe’s leading pet food manufacturers. Supplied by the leading abattoirs in England, Leo Group removes by-product to create higher quality pet food. This can then be customized by blending and freezing them to the customer’s requirements.
The rendering of animal by-product also results in the production of purified fats, which can be used for biofuel. These fats are used as energy to fuel businesses across the UK, creating energy from what otherwise would be waste.
Their new service Food 2 Energy collects animal by-product and food stuffs, offering a great waste management solution for large establishments. Every 650,000 tonnes of waste material is collected and processed by Leo Group, producing 130,000 tonnes of “meal” a year, and 70 million litres of purified fats per year. With 177 million tonnes of waste a year in the UK alone, Leo Group is going a long way in helping to reduce waste and preserve the environment.
Creative and resourceful thinking has shown Leo Group to be one of the most environmentally-minded companies nationwide, and their contribution to decreasing waste and creating quality products has placed them at the top of waste management companies in the UK.