Category Archives: food waste and recycling

Lucy catches up with 2degrees for a chat

Lucy caught up with the lovely folk over at the 2degrees network recently to chat about what we’ve been up to since being named their ‘Solution of the Year’ at their Sustainable Champions Awards (check out our Sarah picking up our trophy here) and what’s in store for Vegware in 2015.

You can read the full interview here.

And in the meantime – why not check out the silly vid we made as part of the awards…



New York City bans polystyrene from 1st July 2015

Polystyrene foam ban in New York City VegwareFrom the 1st of July 2015, foam polystyrene containers are to be banned from the eateries of the Big Apple.  In December 2013, the City Council passed a measure that gave foam-container manufacturers a year to prove that the material could be successfully ­recycled.

New York is the latest of over 100 cities around the world to ban polystyrene. It may seem cheap to buy, but polystyrene comes at a high environmental cost.

This is part of New York’s wider drive to recycle more – and recycling polystyrene containers is notoriously tricky. According to the US EP in 2008, less than 1% of polystyrene gets recycled. Our partners Vegware US are going to be busy helping NYC go completely compostable.

Scottish NHS Catering seminar – sustainability, carbon and waste reduction

Vegware seminar on Scottish NHS Catering

NHS Boards in Scotland are under pressure to improve sustainability, recycle more, reduce carbon and save money. New Scottish Waste Regulations have wide-reaching affects, including banning macerators, and mandating food waste recycling.


On 20th November 2014, Vegware is teaming up with Resource Efficient Scotland and other expert speakers to hold a free educational seminar at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. This seminar brings together NHS professionals from catering, waste and procurement teams across Scotland for a useful introduction to complex subjects, and an opportunity to discuss your experiences with our experts.


Click this link for the full flyer. RSVP to – attendance is free but places are limited.


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We’re supporting IGD’s new Working on Waste campaign

UntitledWe’re supporting IGD’s new industry wide initiative to reduce household food waste. The campaign –Working on Waste, is delivered in collaboration with WRAP and will bring together food and grocery companies from across the UK during October for a month of co-ordinated industry activity.


This is a fantastic campaign to get consumers and employees on board to think about ways of reducing food waste in their homes. IGD have put together a fantastic toolkit full of all the guidance, information and materials you need to help get your organisation involved.


We’ll be sharing heaps of tips, advice and competitions throughout October – so keep an eye out!


In the meantime, if you fancy joining us and getting involved, then you can register your interest here.


Sustainability for small business? Join Vegware in the Guardian’s online debate

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Lucy Frankel, Vegware’s Communications Director, on Guardian panel of sustainability experts.
Pic: Rob McDougall

Join our Communications Director Lucy in a live online debate at 1-2:30pm tomorrow Wednesday 11th June. She is one of a panel of experts selected by The Guardian to offer practical advice to small businesses wanting to boost sustainability. Here’s the link.


“If you’re wondering where to start, or if you’ve introduced some sustainable measures but are keen to do more, our panel of experts will be offering tips, advice and ideas during our live Q&A. We’ll be looking at some of the more creative ways small businesses are reusing and recycling, and discuss how you can motivate your staff to get on board.

We’ll also discuss practical issues such as, what goals should your business set itself? How should you promote your green credentials? Is the infrastructure is in place to help SMEs recycle and reduce waste? Should local councils be doing more?

Join us on Wednesday 11 June, between 1-2.30pm, when our panel of experts will be discussing these questions and more. You can tweet your questions to @GdnSmallBiz, email them to, post them in advance or join us on the day to put them to the panel.”

Our Eilidh speaking at food waste event in Glasgow, 28th May

Young Recycler of the YearNeed some practical tips on what to do with your business’ food waste? Our Recycling Consultant Eilidh Brunton is speaking at a short business event at the Lighthouse, Glasgow, held on 28th May from 12:30 to 4pm.

Eilidh will be talking about the Food Waste Network, our free service mapping all collection services in the UK, by postcode. She and the other speakers will offer all sorts of practical advice on how to reduce waste, comply with the new Scottish waste regs and save money in the process…

For further info and registration, click here.

Check out the Guardian’s new circular economy interactive

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 17.14.53The Guardian asked 28 experts what role their industry has in accelerating the circular economy and have made a cool interactive to show the answers.


You can journey through their interactive infographic to explore each of the different industry categories and click on the different words and phrases to find out more. Click on ‘NO MORE PLASTIC!’ to hear from our Recycling Consultant Eilidh explaining why we use plants, not plastic.


You can check it out on the Guardian’s website here.

Vegware in live TV debate on waste – Thursday 21st November 10-11am

Footprint TV waste debate foodservice sustainabilityVegware knows a lot about waste. Our Communications Director Lucy Frankel joins the big players in foodservice for a live broadcast this Thursday morning to discuss the big picture on waste. Dr Richard Swannell will be announcing WRAP’s latest findings on food waste in UK hospitality, including the true cost of food waste. Lucy will share Vegware’s expertise in zero waste, gained in our experiences through the Food Waste Network. Other panelists include representatives from Pret, Nestle and SWR.


Register at to watch the debate live at 10-11am this Thursday, or log in any time to watch later.


On twitter? Join @vegware in the debate using the hashtag #FPTV



Vote for Eilidh as Young Recycler of the Year!

Eilidh Brunton, Vegware's Young Recycler of the Year

Please take 20 seconds to vote for Eilidh as Young Recycler of the Year by Thursday 19th. Here’s why…

“Eilidh is a relentless font of information. Through her help I was able to create a proposal to bring our bars waste down to only 5 percent. Eilidh is continuously dropping me ideas for ways to reduce this even further and actively seeks out people to use our waste products, such as a local candle maker who is looking to take our waste wax. Without Eilidh wed still be chucking everything away.” Joseph Dick, Edinburgh microbrewery, The Hanging Bat.

She is a self-confessed bin geek who will cheerfully analyse bin contents, monitor peoples behaviour around bin choice at events (even on weekends), design and evaluate effective signage and communications tools, and take staff through bin tests, seeing if they can get the correct bin for a range of materials.

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