24th July, 2019
All our restaurants and takeaways are now helping to tackle climate change head on by becoming ‘zero waste to landfill’.
As part of our ongoing commitment to the environment, we already ensure that our fish is sustainably-sourced from North East Atlantic fishing grounds and is MSC certified – helping to safeguard the future of our oceans.
As a business we’re always looking for ways to improve sustainability and reduce our carbon footprint. We are delighted to announce that all the waste produced at our three sites in Lincoln, Sleaford and Ruskington is now either reused, recycled, composted, or converted into energy – our staff are now working hard to segregate our rubbish into different bins including, more recently, one for food waste.
We initially trialled the new bins at our Sleaford restaurant and, although separating all our rubbish takes a bit more work, the rewards are worth all the effort – we couldn’t have achieved this goal without the cooperation of our staff.
Working in partnership with Veolia, all our waste is collected once a week and taken to Hemswell Biogas where it gets converted into methane gas. The gas either goes into the National Grid or gets converted into electricity to power local homes and businesses.
Currently around three percent of the UK’s total greenhouse gas emissions comes just from the methane arising from the decomposition of biodegradable waste at landfill sites.
Angela O’Connor from Veolia explained: “Diverting food waste away from landfill is crucial to help combat climate change.
“Veolia can help the Elite and other businesses turn food waste into a valuable resource, by using anaerobic digestion to create green energy. A standard 240 litre waste bin, for example, can produce enough methane gas to fully charge three electric cars, a mobile phone for approximately 19,000 hours, and boil a kettle for 45 hours.
“The Elite is setting a great example which we hope others in the hospitality sector will follow. We’d like to congratulate them on implementing this change and their commitment to becoming a more responsible and sustainable business.”