REC Environmental Management – MilkLink Ltd


REC Corporate Services was commissioned by Milklink Ltd to complete an environmental permitting variation on behalf oftheir subsidiary, The Cheese Company Ltd at Llandyrnog Creamery, Denbighshire. Here they manufacture cheese, whey and butter from milk and supply to both the local market as well as major supermarket retailers.

The Cheese Company Ltd operates an installation carrying out activities covered by the description in Section 6.8 A(1)(e) in Part 1 to Schedule 1 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, specifically the “Treating and processing milk, the quantity of milk received being more than 200 tonnes per day (average value on an annual basis)”.

As part of the conditions of the permit, The Cheese Company Ltd were required by the Environment Agency to consider improvements to the current bulk storage arrangements for raw milk based upon the pollution risks associated with a catastrophic failure scenario.

Due to the proximity of the raw milk silos to a main road, limited space and the location of critical process equipment, it was not possible for the site to install the secondary containment requirements that are stipulated as the indicative Best Available Techniques (BAT).

With the support of the REC Corporate Services, the site was able to provide an alternative design for protection measures that offered an equivalent level of BAT.

The design included the introduction of a deflection wall in order to divert any catastrophic spillage or leak from the milk silos into the foul drainage system. This would avoid any overflow into the road and surgace water drainage systems. In addition to the deflection wall, two large balancing tanks would be constructed and connected to the foul drains from within the deflection wall. One tank would be used for pH balancing all factory generated process effluent with the other tan used for the capture and slow treated release of high strength effluent resulting from catastrophic spills.

After consultation with the Environment Agency, the proposed measures were agreed in principle and a formal permit variation application was submitted and subsequently approved.