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Arla Foods

Strategic partnership with major dairy products company

Case study

Arla Foods and Biffa have worked together for a number of years, but the relationship moved into a new phase during the development of the flagship plant, when Biffa put forward a radical proposal to help Arla Foods achieve its ambitious environmental targets.

Arla Foods’ environmental plans include zero waste to landfill, incorporating 30% recycled plastic in its milk bottles by 2015 (50% by 2020) and ensuring 30% of the dairy’s energy comes from renewable sources by 2020.

Biffa recommended the installation of a number of in-plant innovations, including a revolutionary machine that crushes milk bottles, feeding milk to an anaerobic digestion tank and plastic to a baler. The plastics are collected and recycled by Biffa Polymers’ facility in Redcar. Biffa then supplies the recycled plastic to a milk bottle manufacturer which, in turn, supplies to Arla Foods, delivering a closed-loop system.

Other tools introduced by the Biffa team include a bin lifter constructed from stainless steel to protect it from the corrosion caused by milk acidity, large-scale source separation of milk bottles; and a fully galvanised plastics baler and card/polythene baler – installed in August 2013.

Daryl Grace, Biffa Corporate Account Manager (pictured left), used his close working knowledge of Arla Foods to find a solution that would work for the world’s third-largest dairy cooperative. He explained: “Arla Foods is committed to using advanced process technologies and renewable energies, so I began to investigate what was out there and they were impressed with what they saw. We’ve now been able to give them low-carbon energy generation and closed-loop recycling.”

Kathy Atkinson, EHS Coordinator, Arla Foods Aylesbury, said: “We want to be industry leading in everything we do; an ethos that applies to our approach to waste management. Biffa showed a real understanding of what we’re aiming to achieve and we’re delighted with its innovative solutions, which are already starting to produce fantastic results.”


Martin Nobes - Head of New Business

Martin Nobes

New Business Enquiries - if you're interested in how Biffa can help support you with strategic sustainable solutions contact Martin by emailing

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Arla Foods is a major name in the UK dairy industry

Arla Foods at a glance

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#1 diary in the UK

Arla Foods is the UK’s number one dairy company, producing brands such as Cravendale, Anchor and Lurpak

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3,200 farmers

Arla Foods is a dairy co-operative that produces 3.2 billion litres of milk each year and works with 3,200 farmers. Circa 2,800 of those farmers own Arla Foods, and one in four dairy farmers in the UK are Arla Foods owner farmers

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1 millions litres per day

The Aylesbury plant produces one million litres of milk per day. At full capacity, the site will produce 1.5 million litres

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1.5 billion litres per year

At full capacity the site will produce 1.5 billion litres of milk per year – a seventh of Britain’s yearly milk consumption