At Direct Meats, we actively look at efficiencies and ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
We manage our stock in ways that allow us to reduce the number of deliveries made by suppliers. We also enforce a minimum order amount encouraging our customers to reduce the number of days we deliver to them. We regularly review our vehicles so we have the most recent technology, currently half our fleet are Euro 5 engines and half have Euro 6 engines offering the lowest possible emissions. We also encourage employees to car share or use alternatives modes of transport.
We only export on certain days thus reducing the number of vehicle movements coming on site to collect shipments. Where possible this is limited to once a week.
We have recently upgraded our Biomass Boiler, the boiler will heat the staff room area of the factory, offices and the main house on site. It will also supply all the hot water for the site. The new boiler will reduce our carbon output by around 180.5 tonnes.
All the waste cardboard, paper and plastic on site are bailed and recycled through James Heyes and Sons who have over 80 years’ experience in the recycling business. We have invested in a DAF water system treatment plant that handles all our waste water and we have plans to install solar panels.
We have transformed an 8acre unused field to the south of our site by planting 1000 trees consisting of species such as Alder, Birch, English Oak, Red Oak, Horn Beam, Wild Cherry, Hazel, Crab Apple, Conifer and Pine. That will encourage birds to feed, wildlife to flourish and bees to pollinate; we have also planted a wild flower mix of Esparsetie Stanfoin, Amelia Vetch, Dawn Alsike, Bull Birdsfoot Trefoil, Daisy Lucerne, Roseta Red Clover, Black Knapweed and Must Mallow which blooms from June until October and once they seed it will provide much needed feed for song birds in the winter.