Wyke Farms has outlined its eco-friendly commitments with the opening of a new water recovery plant.
The £1 million facility will help to save the UK's largest independent cheese producer and milk processor up to 850,000 litres of water a day. The unveiling was attended by Baroness Verma, the parliamentary under-secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and David Warburton, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Somerton and Frome.
Wyke Farms stated that once operations at the new water recovery plant are underway it will allow the factory to recover 95 per cent of wastewater and reuse it once it has been purified. The overall investment of £1.3 million is part of £10 million long-term sustainability vision called 100% Green. This plan is designed more eco-friendly campaigns from the cheese maker and the water recovery plant is just the start.
Sustainability has been the focal point of Wyke Farms' operations in recent years and in 2013 it became the UK's first national cheddar brand to be totally self-sufficient in green energy thanks to the launch of its own biogas plant. It has also significant reduced its carbon emissions with the introduction of solar panelling and electric vehicles at its plant.
Baroness Verma praised the work of the company stating: "Harnessing power from farm waste and the sun has not only helped Wyke Farms reduce carbon emissions, it has helped them cut costs and save money on their energy bills.
"Wyke’s new cutting edge water recovery system will now help save thousands of litres of water a day, ensuring the business is self-sufficient in this valuable resource."
Wyke Farms has been operating since 1861 and over the generations has been able to bring a number of popular dairy products to market. The family business has a range of butter products as well as specialist cheeses including its Ivy's Vintage Cheddar.