Waste Not Want Not

A very good maxim to live by and one that has stood the test of time for generations before, not least for the Dunning family.

To that end we have recently started to try and measure our carbon footprint and look at ways of reducing it. It's very much a work in progress but here's where we're up to:

We all know electricity is expensive. For a business of our size it makes sense to look at ways we can reduce the electricity bill and reduce our carbon footprint. We have started by looking in detail at how much electricity each of our businesses uses. This has helped us focus on ways of becoming more efficient across all of our sites.

By installing timers in the main kitchens at Rheged we have been able to limit use of electricity to working hours only, and by switching to LED lights in areas of our J.38 Services we expect to reduce electrical consumption by half at this site.

We source water for Tebay Services and Rheged from two boreholes that we drilled on our land. This means that the water supply for both sites is sustainable and free.

Our waste management partner, FCC Environmental, operate a closed loop recycling system. This means that a plastic salad tub, once disposed of, will be recycled back into the same salad tub (well something plastic anyway!). In terms of how this helps our surrounding environment, it means almost no landfill.

Cooking oil from our kitchens is recycled into biodiesel, while food waste from all our Cumbrian businesses goes to an 'energy from waste' plant and all our cardboard and paper is recycled.

It's important to us that our partners share our sustainable approach and we encourage our suppliers to deliver to us in reusable containers in order to keep packaging waste to a minimum.

Using sustainable woodchip sourced from trees grown in the UK, our biomass boiler at Rheged provides an environmentally friendly and highly efficient form of heating that helps keep our staff and visitors warm.

Every sustainable issue relevant to our business is on our green agenda; we test them, prove them and with non-compliance becoming ever costlier, we aim to improve them.