Fresh fish arrives from suppliers packed with ice and during processing has ice added. This causes Smales to dispose of waste ice every week. By removing ice from general waste, Smales has reduced the weight sent to landfill by two tonnes a week, saved money and found other benefits.
In a surprising simple system devised by the consultant engineer at Smales, waste ice is forklift tipped from green Dolav Ace plastic pallet boxes into a stainless-steel container in the yard. Factory waste water at 10-12 degrees Celsius sprays the ice, melting it during the coldest winter periods. The melted ice water and waste water go to a sludge trap before entering the normal drainage system. It requires no extra heat, almost no energy or running cost and is a very carbon-friendly solution.