Sudbury Silk Mills Sustainability Brochure double page - Flipbook - Page 14
Zero Waste to Landfill
Sudbury Silk Mills uses a local provider, CSH Environmental, based just 8 miles from the mill where
we utilise a zero to landfill waste management process. The majority of our mill waste is recycled
and the balance is responsibly incinerated to generate energy.
Richard Heap: Quality Manager and Sustainability Steering Group Leader
“To see how this is possible, they invited us along to
their recycling plant. The first thing notice on
approach to the vast building is the scale –
50,000 tonnes processed per year! The main shed is
the surface area of three football pitches, and the
curved roof is designed to capture rainwater to limit
their mains input. The whole site has been
sympathetically designed to blend in with the natural
surroundings, and an odour-neutralising spray limits the effect…until you step inside,
although they do say you get used to it!
Our aim is to ensure that the presence of our business is of benefit
to both the local community and wider industry global community.
“Huge mechanical arms separate the different types of waste, which is then passed over
blowers, suction, shakers, and magnets, through sieves and crushers, and finally onto a
conveyor-belt where an army of staff finally separate the remaining waste, which is
then baled by type and sold for re-processing.
“Anything which cannot be completely isolated by waste-type is multi-wrapped and
shipped to Sweden to fuel the power stations providing household heating and subsurface heating for the main roads.”
This includes protecting resources, reducing consumption and
adding value to the projects, businesses and people we work with.
For more information and a video of the process, visit their website at;