Corporate Social Responsibility

Our Environmental Pledges

It’s not just the logo that is green. At GA, we are committed to earth-friendly manufacturing and minimal environmental impact, which is why we have set ourselves these 10 environmental pledges.

BIBAs Green Business Award Winner 2019

The BIBAS are “Be Inspired Business Awards Lancashire”. They are the largest and longest-running business awards programme in Lancashire.

It gives me great pleasure to announce that GA Pet Food Partners won the BIBAS awards 2019 for the Green Business of the Year. This was because of the important wastewater treatment, odour abatement, recycling, energy efficiency and ecological work that the team and all colleagues at GA contribute to having minimal impact on our environment. This was achieved by our colleagues putting waste in correct bins, the running of the Wastewater Treatment Works, and GA’s commitments to future water recycling, energy generation, zero waste to landfill by 2025, and zero carbon emissions by 2050.

David Colgan

Environmental and Energy Manager

20,000 trees and shrubs planted

We planted 20,000 trees and shrubs across our site from 2016 to 2020 alone. We’ve also improved the riverbank areas surrounding the site and created wetland areas to increase biodiversity, ecology and wildlife. In addition, we have implemented numerous bat and bird boxes.

Natural Pest Control

We use specialised Avian Control at Plocks Farm by utilising the expertise of the falconers at Horus Birds Of Prey. This natural, non-invasive way of deterring pests works wonders at scaring off and keeping away various pest species such as gulls, who are as drawn to the smell of our world’s finest pet food as the pets we feed. Linda and the team use a variety of birds to take to the skies around Plocks Farm to ward off any avian pests and keep the area free from nesting or congregation.

We recycle and reuse all of our water on-site via our two wastewater treatment works.

Our on-site recycling plant works meticulously to separate cardboard, plastic, metal, paper, and other recyclable materials. Today, 98% of all waste generated on-site is recycled. Tomorrow, we are aiming for 100%.

We have invested £9 million in our state-of-the-art odour abatement system, which has resulted in a significant reduction in all odours. This is achieved with our five large bio-beds that scrub the air clean before releasing it back into the atmosphere.

Community Engagement

A partnership has been set up between GA Pet Food Partners and Bretherton Endowed C of E Primary School to invest in the local community and provide educational site visits, with pupils recently attending the site on a 'pet food design day'. GA donated 100 bags of pet food for pupils to design the packaging and labelling.

Environmental site visits have also been undertaken during which pupils learnt how GA operates sustainably in order to have the lowest environmental impact possible. Working closely with Bretherton Endowed C of E Primary School and other schools in the local area has been a wonderful opportunity for GA to connect with the local community.

Amy Mee, HR Manager, meeting primary school pupils at Bretherton C of E Primary School where she held a workshop and competition for the pupils to design their own bag of pet food, and then took them on a tour of our Manufacturing facilities at Plocks Farm.

Amy Mee, HR Manager, meeting primary school pupils at Bretherton C of E Primary School, where she held a workshop and competition for the pupils to design their own bag of pet food, and then took them on a tour of our Manufacturing facilities at Plocks Farm.

As well as our local community, we are proud to sponsor local and national charities such as Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Derian House Children’s Hospice.