The addition of three more food manufacturers to its client roster has helped the Integrated Waste Management (IWM) division of waste, recycling and renewable energy business Biffa to end 2010 on a high.

IWM increased its new business revenue tenfold during the year, thanks to winning over £5 million-worth of contracts from seven new customers keen to improve their environmental performance by reducing waste and improving recycling.

These included Maple Leaf Bakery, Burton’s Biscuits and Moy Park, one of Europe’s largest poultry producers and processors, as well as Gatwick Airport and Drax power station.

The new business success follows a strategic review and restructuring in 2010.

The division has also tendered for new waste and recycling management contracts worth a further £5 million from prospects in a variety of sectors including food manufacture.

With these new customers, IWM now services 45 major customers across the UK. Its growing reputation in the food industry is evidenced by customer names such as Premier Foods, Cadbury, Birds Eye, Bakkavor, Two Sisters Food Group, Thorntons and Goldenfry Foods.

Edward Pigg, general manager of IWM, said: “Our mission is simple: to help customers achieve meaningful cost-savings by cutting their waste going to expensive landfill.  We achieve that by capturing and processing a wider range of recyclable materials including organic waste.

“The combination of IWM’s track record of delivering impressive customer benefits with significant operational scale and reach is proving irresistible for an increasing number of food manufacturers and processors intent on improving their environmental track record.“

The IWM Service

IWM places dedicated staff, equipment and vehicles at customer sites, such as manufacturing, production or service locations, with the objective of helping customer companies to significantly reduce the volume and cost of waste usually sent to expensive landfill or which requires specialist handling (such as hazardous waste and waste electrical equipment).

Service teams work closely with other Biffa divisions and external transport, processing and energy production partners to devise creative ways for extracting recyclable materials from waste streams, and then, if necessary, finding new markets and uses for reclaimed materials.

This service focus has enabled several IWM customers to achieve the ‘gold standard’ of sending no waste direct to landfill. IWM’s ability to divert materials for recycling and reuse includes, for example, channelling organic waste to anaerobic digestion and energy-from-waste facilities.