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#1 Eddie

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 07:26 AM

Waste ice cream could be used to provide heating and lighting at one of Gloucester's biggest employers.

Unilever, which owns Walls ice cream, has applied for permission to build an anaerobic digester on its factory site in Barnwood.

The company wants to use waste, hosed down from the machines, to create up to two and a half megawatts of heat and power to fuel a generator.

Unilever makes about six million ice creams a day at the Barnwood factory.


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That sounds a clever idea

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 07:55 AM

Fancy wasting all that ice cream though. Just to think there are some of us who NEED that daily fix!
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 11:44 AM

Unilever makes about six million ice creams a day at the Barnwood factory.


That's amazing when you look at how much of the site they have sold off in recent years. :o
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 12:59 PM

when i was working there many years ago on cornetos and viennetta washing down the machine did leave alot going on floor from out of the pipes etc all going down the drain , yes it would be a very good idea to use this in some way
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 03:41 PM

I worked at Walls for one night back in the 60s. :blush: I was filling tins with ice cream and couldn't stand the noise so didn't go back. I was so pleased to see the 6am workers arrive and got out as fast as I could.

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 03:43 PM

Working up stairs i was there about 6 years , hard work though Wet and cold in the freezers as well
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 07:34 PM

I worked at Walls for one night back in the 60s. :blush: I was filling tins with ice cream


Filling tins with ice cream... filling doughnuts with jam... filling baths with water then pushing me in. You mis-spent youth trained you well for later misdeeds. In that one night at Walls, did you eat any? Or could it have been that they asked you not to return, because of your eating habits?
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:07 PM

Filling the tin bath and pushing you in it, Doughnut, was much more preferable than the other little jobs I've had. But wait... There was a slight satisfaction to over filling jam doughnuts so they burst when someone bit into them. :lol:

I couldn't have any of the ice cream I was putting in tins because it wasn't frozen. And anyway, after seeing the stuff for hours I didn't fancy any at all. I just couldn't wait for the shift to finish.
The crazy thing was, when it came to the lunch break (2am) they wanted 3d for ice cream. Well I wasn't going to spend that sort of cash and besides, it could have come out of a tin I filled. :huh:

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:04 AM

Despite their unfortunate employment record ( fancy employing Orion nahgnah ) this scheme has been given the go ahead

A proposal to create renewable energy from waste ice cream at the Walls factory in Gloucester has been given the go-ahead.

At a council meeting on Tuesday evening Unilever, which owns Walls, got backing from planners to build an anaerobic digester at its Barnwood site.

The digester breaks down material which degrades giving off a mixture mainly of methane and carbon dioxide.

This can then be burned to generate heat and electricity.

Once it is up and running the generator will be able to provide enough electricity for about 400 households.


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