Recovery plan: Wyke Farms goes green

The water recovery system will help Wykes save thousands of litres of water a day.

WYKE Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor, has opened a £1million water recovery plant, allowing the company to recover up to 95% of its factory wastewater.

This investment is part of the cheese brand’s £10 million long-term sustainability plan, called 100% Green. The Water Recovery Plant consists of a new membrane filtration system, which is installed in the effluent area of its factory and has already reduced factory water consumption by 70%. It will save Wyke Farms up to 850,000 litres of water per day and offers a certain amount of future proofing for the company, acting on the belief that climate change will make water a valuable resource at certain times of the year. Investing in cutting edge technology, rather than more water extraction or bigger incoming mains has been deemed a more sustainable approach.
The company added a biogas plant last year at the same site, claiming self-sufficiency leadership among UK cheddar brands.