Savings from Recycling Program Add Up for Almac

Having kicked off a recycling program in May 2012, Almac has increased the amount of waste it recycles from 19% to 70%, the company reports. Almac’s program is saving the company £6,000 per month. The company employs more than 3300 individuals and is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, where the initiative has been implemented. U.S. operations are based in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and California.

Explains Wayne McMeekin, Almac Group HSE Manager, in a statement issued by the company: “Back in April 2012, Almac was recycling 19% of its waste. The original target agreed within our new environment initiative was to reach 40% in December. We are delighted that all our hard work has paid off to the point of reaching 70% waste recycling in June 2012 and maintaining a steady performance since, saving Almac £72,000 per year. This is a fantastic result, which benefits not only the company in terms of savings but also Northern Ireland and its residents in terms of enjoying a better a quality of life and a solid reputation in terms of caring for their environment.”

Almac is working with Antrim-based subcontractor McQuillan Envirocare, which manages all waste on site using 100 different "wheelie bins and mini recycler trains," the company states. Haulage fees and landfill tax have decreased.

States McQuillan Envirocare’s Technical Manager, Neil McCauley: “We work in partnership with Almac to ensure their environmental and sustainability obligations are met through current and innovative waste management techniques. As our largest client, Almac helped to create new jobs by the employment of dedicated McQuillan Envirocare staff and indirectly by securing several jobs already within our organisation. We value this close working relationship and look forward to continued success over the coming years.”

Almac also encourages employees to recycle office and household waste. Recycling bins are available in offices and staff are encouraged to use them and to change their environmental behavior at work and home. 

Editor's Note: This story was updated on November 14, 2012.

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