Sustainability at Cottage Delight

Our Waste Disposal Peak Waste Recycling

We have worked in partnership with Peak Waste Recycling for over 25 years. On site we have 3 compactors collecting all waste from across the business, this consists of general, cardboard and mixed plastics compactors. The cardboard and mixed plastics are 100% recyclable, our general waste is used as Refuse Derived Fuels (RDF). RDF are used in a wide range of specialised waste to energy facilities. RDF is consistent with the UK Government policies including developing more secure low-carbon sources of energy.

This general waste passes through a picking line where recyclable material is removed, it is then shredded, trommelled to remove the smaller fractions. It then passes through a second picking line and a magnet. Finally, the waste is baled and loaded onto vehicles to be transported to The Netherlands.

The baled waste is received by a Waste to Energy Plant, the gas that is generated during the incineration process is used to power turbines that generate electricity.

Waste to Energy Plant: AFVAL ENERGIE, Bedrijf, (A.E.B) Amsterdam.

A.E.B is the worlds biggest Waste to Energy plant, they are R1 rated which means that they must recycle 98-100% of what they receive.

Why we use Waste to Energy:

  • Negates the need for Landfill.
  • No more methane gas.
  • Full recycling.
  • Landfill is the most polluting problem in the world.

All loads move under Transfrontier Shipment of Waste (TFS), loads can only move under this system if they are to be recycled. All waste leaving the yard on this system has 100% traceability.

Closed loop recycling means that our recycled glass jars can become new glass in the future, without waste.

From January 2020 – Sep 2021 we achieved 0% to landfill –

  • 68KG of Paper/Cardboard landfill avoidance
  • 33KG of Plastics landfill avoidance
  • 6KG Metal landfill avoidance

From 2012 – 2020, 68 tonne of cardboard, 100 tonne of general waste, 6 tonne of metal and 33 tonne of plastic has avoided landfill. 

Our Packaging Glass Jars

It’s not only our products which receive love and care, we source green packaging with low or no impact to protect our environment.

  • Our glass is 100% infinitely recyclable with no loss in strength or quality. Closed loop recycling means that a recycled glass container becomes a new glass container, without waste. Beatson Clark – who supply our glass – use regenerative furnaces which recycle waste heat, cutting the amount of energy needed by around 15%
  • Our metal lids are 100% recyclable.
  • Each jar features a recycled paper ‘mop top‘ over the lid. These are printed FSC Certified to ensure they meet the highest environmental and social standards. Look out for the FSC tick logo on other product packaging within our range! We use UV inks which are all low migration meaning they are also totally food safe.
  • Our front labels are made from recycled plastics, meaning we are right on track with cutting carbon omissions.

Shrink Wrap Minimising plastic

Shrink Wrap is a transparent plastic film used to secure products. We currently use shrink wrap to protect and contain all of our products during their delivery process to retail stores. However, in our efforts to become more environmentally friendly, we aim to have removed all shirk wrap from our packaging by the end of 2022.

Starting with our 4oz jars, we have re-designed the trays that our jars travel in – previously with shrink wrap – to include a flap closure that is sealed with a single sticker. This keeps the jars secure, and removes the need for shirk wrap.

We have the same plan for other items in our range.

Keep your eyes pealed for improved packaging across our mail order boxes.