Aircelle hits 'zero to landfill' target seven years early

Burnley-based aerospace giant Safran Aircelle has met an ambitious environmental objective seven years ahead of target and now sends none of the waste from its Burnley plant to landfill sites.

AircelleThe company is the biggest private sector employer in Burnley with over 1,000 people employed at its site. Waste material generated includes office waste materials like paper, card and toner cartridges through to scrap materials including metals.

The scheme was suggested to Aircelle by Graeme Cumpsty of GS Facilities Management, with the aim of the business sending zero per cent of its waste to landfill by 2020. The total waste generated by the site peaked in recent years at just over 500 tonnes per year.

Up until April, Aircelle was achieving an average of 95 per cent recycling of waste produced. However, the business is now achieving 100 per cent recycling following the successful introduction of the waste to energy process.

Janis Murphy, Aircelle’s health, safety & environment manager, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve hit our environmental objective seven years ahead of target. That’s potentially 3,500 tonnes of waste material that would have otherwise gone into landfill. It’s a demonstration of the fact that we are hugely committed to our community and that we take our social and environmental responsibilities very seriously.” Stephane Cueille, Aircelle’s managing director, added: “Our objective is to make Aircelle a profitable business, whilst meeting our social and environmental obligations. Recently, we’ve been stressing our strength as a team – and this is an excellent example of what we can achieve."