Devenish Nutrition provide leading edge nutritional solutions for the intensive pig, poultry, ruminant, equine and companion animal sectors. Devenish go beyond nutrition by working collaboratively with their customers throughout the supply chain to produce the highest quality products from farm to fork.
Devenish offer a range of innovative and cost effective products and solutions including premixes, neo-natal feeds and specialist ingredients, developed through an extensive Research and Development programme which helps maximise the performance of their customer’s businesses.
The Industrial Symbiosis service received an urgent request from Devenish Nutrition to find a suitable outlet for about 60 tonnes of dry animal feed materials (some pellet form and some powder form) that needed to be removed from site within 4 days.
An Industrial Symbiosis practitioner visited the Devenish site to discuss their requirements, take photographs and gather samples. Although landfill would have been an option the Industrial Symbiosis practitioner investigated Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and composting as potential alternatives. A search of the SYNERGie database for suitable non-landfill outlets revealed a number of potential outlets. Photographs and product details were sent to two potential outlets. AD was ruled out as the high ash content of the material would have impacted on the digestion process. An in-vessel composting company, NWP, arranged a visit to Devenish and after a brief discussion agreed to remove the material within two days of the initial call for assistance. NWP debagged the animal feedstuff and fed it into their composting process to produce a garden compost product. The empty bags were baled and sold as a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF).
This synergy illustrates how the Industrial Symbiosis service can respond to urgent requests for resource solutions that are both environmentally friendly and have the potential to achieve additional sales.
“We needed a speedy solution for this material and were delighted with the service we received from both the Industrial Symbiosis service and NWP. Knowing that these solutions have positive environmental impacts is reassuring.”
Alan Gibb, Distribution Centre Manager, Devenish Distribution Centre
The Industrial Symbiosis Service is funded by Invest Northern Ireland and delivered by International Synergies NI Ltd