Article posted on 22.06.2016

Tidy Planet Ltd submitted their ingenious idea after Cummins, the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world, called on innovators of all sizes to come forward with sustainable innovations to help Cummins achieve their Environmental targets in the UK.

The Cummins Environmental Gateway, launched in partnership with Marcela Navarro, CEO of Business Cubed (formerly responsible for the successful launch and deployment of the RBS Innovation Gateway), is looking for green and innovative suppliers to positively impact Cummins 2020 Environmental targets whilst promoting supplier inclusion.

The project team, led by Denis Ford, Corporate Indirect Purchasing Leader EMEA, NE/SE Asia & South Pacific at Cummins, is delighted with the quality of the finalists. “We have been very impressed with the quality of the innovations received and even more with the potential for environmental impact and savings . Tidy Planet should be very proud to be a finalist in the Cummins Environmental Gateway”.

Tidy Planet Ltd, Macclesfield based innovators and manufacturers have been supplying solutions for dealing with food wastes on site, since 2001. First famous for their product the “Rocket” Composter, which is now a global success, the Cheshire firm continues to grow in size and are often sought after for providing bespoke food waste recycling solutions to some fairly unique places, including oil pipelines, supermarkets, airports and atolls.

Huw Crampton explains, “once we met with Cummins, saw how the sites worked and had a good listen to what their group aspirations were, where the hurdles lay at site level, we knew what the solution would be, we just had to translate it all into a workable method. The equipment suggestion to do the physical recycling was easy, the problem lay in how we managed the perception of the project and created “buy in”  

 “It’s a great opportunity for us to show jointly with Cummins how at least one waste can be dealt with “in house” if the innovation gets not only to the finals but to that top podium step, then it’ll be a fantastic story on how big businesses can break from “the norm” by running projects like this Environmental Gateway and subsequently taking advice from SME’s on what’s possible by thinking outside of the box”

Tidy Planet was one of over 100 companies from across the globe that submitted an innovation to the Cummins Environmental Gateway when Cummins UK launched the programme back in August 2016.

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