A FAMILY-RUN textile firm has cut its waste costs by 20% after introducing a long-term recycling and environmental management programme at its Dewsbury factory.
Calder Textiles teamed up with Elland-based waste management firm Orchard Environmental to bring in money-saving measures include the segregation and baling of plastic packaging waste to reduce waste disposal costs and a recycling scheme to offset the cost of general waste.
Justin Holley, of Orchard Environmental, said a decision by Calder Textiles to plan its services several years in advance had also made it possible to negotiate better rates with waste firms and recyclers.
Bill Stewart, managing director of Calder Textiles, said developing a niche market, introducing sustainable business practices and implementing a long term waste and recycling strategy had helped the company remain competitive in a challenging market.
The specialist yarn maker now exports 50% of its products and Calder yarns have been used in projects for global airlines, royal palaces, airports, hotels and recently in the United States Senate.
“Despite being a very traditional industry we take a modern approach to business and are always looking for ways to innovate, lower costs and streamline our operations,” he said.
“Orchard has helped us develop a strategy that means we can offset some of our general waste costs against the value obtained from plastics commodity recycling.”
Mr Holley said rising waste costs were helping to boost recycling rates across Yorkshire, particularly in the manufacturing sector where waste volumes tended to be high.
“For most firms, it’s more about cutting overheads than being green and there are some big savings to be gained through recycling, particularly when it’s part of a long term waste strategy,” he said.
“The further ahead organisations can plan, the better the deal that can be negotiated with waste firms and recyclers.”