Factory Manager Mathew Oram said that the Smithtown team is passionate about sustainability - and has been for a long time.
“We take waste sawdust from the local timber industry and use it to fuel the factory boiler, generating the steam needed to make MILO,” Mat said.
“We’ve been using local sawdust for more than 35 years. Not only are we using a local renewable energy source to help create one of the nation’s favourite drinks, we’re also creating a new future for waste.
The nutrient rich ash generated from this process goes to local landscaping companies for use as a soil enhancer in soil mixes. This not only means we aren’t sending that waste to landfill, instead, it gets to help gardens thrive,” Mat said.
Renewable energy comes from unlimited natural resources like wind, water and sunlight. These renewable energies are beneficial as they don’t run out making them better for our planet.
The Smithtown factory uses bioenergy, a form of renewable energy derived from organic materials – in this case, waste sawdust, to help generate steam to supply heating processes in our factory.
The use of renewable energy is just one part of Nestlé’s actions to achieve our global ambition of net zero emissions by 2050.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting natural resources help slow climate change. As Nestlé works towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, using renewable energy and cutting our waste to landfill are critical tools.
We’re proud to be making our production more sustainable as well as creating efficiencies within our factory at the same time.