Category Archives: food waste and recycling

Birmingham’s new waste collection for Vegware

Exciting news for  businesses in Birmingham, from Solihull to Chelmsley Wood, Castle Bromwich, up to Four Oaks,  Walsall  centre, West Bromwich, Oldbury and the south of Birmingham pretty much as far as the M42. There is now a trade collection service in your area for Vegware’s compostable disposables. 

A first-rate partnership 

Used Vegware packaging can be collected by First Mile who will take it to a specialist waste facility to create soil improver. Improving soils helps grow more crops and can help tackle climate change by keeping carbon within the soil structure.  

A plant-based solution 

Vegware compostable products are made from plants using renewable, lower carbon, recycled or reclaimed materials and these sustainability benefits apply no matter what happens to them after use. But now, our new partnership with First Mile creates a waste solution for businesses in Birmingham.  

If you’d like to hear more about our Vegware packaging collection contact our Environmental team today.  Our  Environmental team can provide expert step by step support to help get your business composting. Get in touch here! 

New Case Study! Direct Line Group Bristol Close The Loop

Direct Line Group (DLG) has ambitious sustainability goals. By partnering with Vegware and its Close the Loop service, DLG has switched to plant-based packaging and is implementing real change. DLG decided to start that journey with their Bristol site.

DLG chose Vegware to meet the needs of the catering teams in their busy restaurants, as well help them reach their sustainability targets. Their used Vegware is collected on Vegware’s Close the Loop Bristol collection service and taken for composting in Gloucestershire. With Close the Loop, DLG knows that waste is processed locally, and the compost generated is used on local farmers’ fields.

“The support that was given to us by Vegware in terms of getting it right and getting the products right was second to none.” Charmaine Beth, Mainstay FM, Guest Services Manager.

Employees at their Bristol office are proud to be part of an innovative solution that improves sustainability in their city. Read more.

Recycle Week

It’s Recycle Week! Vegware’s activity sheets help children recycle at home, school and on the go. Our Bin Detective sheets help young recyclers ‘Use it! Check it! Bin it!’ by highlighting the differences in packaging and which bin to put it in.  

Conventional foodservice packaging is a mix of materials, which is can be a challenge to recycle, meaning it often ends up in landfill. Compostables are designed to be recycled with food waste where accepted, turning into nutrient-rich compost for local farmers’ fields. Composting is a form of recycling that keeps resources local.  

With colouring in and sorting sheets, crosswords and word searches, Vegware’s activity sheets answer a wide range of questions about compost, compostables, material segregation and the importance of recycling. Helping recyclers use it, check it, bin it this recycling week and forever.  

Download Vegware’s activity sheets here

RecycleBox – a new post-back service for Vegware

Vegware is joining forces with leading recycling company, First Mile, to provide a UK-wide end-of-life solution for its compostable foodservice disposables using RecycleBox, First Mile’s low cost, courier-led recycling service.

First Mile currently collects over 25 material streams in London and Birmingham, including Vegware’s compostable packaging, but has now introduced RecycleBox to provide a national solution for those items not collected by local councils and other waste companies.

This service is especially important for those items that require separate collections to be recycled effectively. Compostable packaging is a great example of this as it must be sent to a specialist facility to be organically recycled, and should not be put in mixed recycling.

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New Kraft Food Trays

Serve street food in sustainable style with our new food trays!

Perfect for serving warm savoury macaroni & cheese, loaded fries and nachos, chicken wings and corn dogs, or sweet treats like doughnuts, churros, and cookies.

Available in a variety of five sizes: Size 25 / 0.25lb, size 100 / 1lb, size 200/2lb, size 300 / 3lb, and size 500 / 5lb. Made from clay-coated paperboard – they are food safe and grease resistant.

A kraft board with Vegware’s striking Green Leaf pattern to promote your eco ethos. Clear on-product messaging and visual cue for ‘compostable’. For clients who compost, it can be used on matching posters and bin signage to simplify recycling and reduce contamination.

Award-winning quality by Vegware, made from plants. Commercially compostable with food waste where accepted.

Order yours today!

West Coast of Scotland – let’s compost your used Vegware

Fort William, Lochgilphead, Oban, Stranraer, Girvan, Ayr & Inverclyde – our Close the Loop trade waste collection service is available in your area.  

Close the Loop  

Close the Loop is Vegware’s own trade composting collection service, turning used Vegware into high-grade compost in a matter of weeks.  

We launched Close the Loop in 2017 in central Scotland, with its success we expanded into South England with Bristol, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Now, we’re expanding our Scottish service into the West Coast: Fort William, Lochgilphead, Oban, Stranraer, Girvan, Ayr & Inverclyde. Read more here

Composting your Vegware products 

All our products are commercially compostable with food waste. Our Environmental team’s award-winning support includes consultancy, staff training, bespoke bin signage and communications for an easy transition to zero waste.  

If you’d like to hear more about our composting collection, or just talk about plant-based packaging, get in touch!

US Customer Spotlight: Airports Going Green

Teamwork makes the green work! 

Vegware helped Airports Going Green divert 634lbs of food scraps and used Vegware from landfill to create 159lbs of compost for Georgia farmers’ fields.   

The annual AGG conference brings together hundreds of aviation leaders, experts, and innovators from around the world to exchange sustainability knowledge. In its 11th year, the 2018 AGG was held at the Omni Hotel – CNN Center and hosted by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). 

Working with partners – for composting, food donation and waste, and recycling & sustainability – CompostNow, Goodr and Rubicon – Vegware’s Zero Waste Director, Julia Wetsein, prepared a full zero waste plan to help conference hosts meet their sustainability goal: Divert food scraps, unused food safe for human consumption, and used Vegware disposables away from landfill and to places where it can best help the local community while contributing to its circular economy. 

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Use it! Check it! Bin it! – new activity sheets

There are lots of questions we receive around composting from the youngest of recyclers – also known to us as future Bin Detectives!

What is compost? Why do we recycle? How do compostables help the environment? Which bin do I put them in?

Our new Bin Detective activity sheets answer all these questions, having young recyclers hunt out the answers. From colouring in and sorting sheets, to crosswords and wordsearches, Vegware’s Bin Detective helps recyclers of all ages learn to use, check and bin packaging correctly.

The easy to read sheets are suitable for a wide range of ages, taking young recyclers through the difficulties of recycling mixed material food packaging and the benefits of compost. Plus, top facts on how much energy is saved by recycling your glass, metal and plastic. 

Create future Bin Detectives by downloading activity sheets here!

Independent Bristol cafe composts its Vegware disposables

New case study! Independent Bristol café Spoke and Stringer has switched to Vegware and joined Close the Loop.

Close the Loop is Vegware’s own composting collection service, running in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and the surrounding region. It collects used Vegware and food scraps from Vegware clients, which are then taken to a local composting facility at Rose Hill, Gloucestershire. Used Vegware is turned into nutrient-rich compost for local farmers’ fields.

Spoke and Stringer is conscious about the environment and does whatever possible to reduce waste. “That’s why we’ve chosen Vegware where we can close the loop on all our packaging,” says Emma Linzel, the Operations Manager at Spoke and Stringer.

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Join Vegware at the PAC-12 Sustainability Conference

Our Zero waste Director, Julia Wetstein, is speaking at the upcoming Pac-12 Sustainability Conference, 25-26 June at The University of Washington, Washington, USA. Julia will be presenting research, conducted by CMA and the University of Washington, on the benefits of utilising composting packaging to capture post-consumer waste.  Register for the conference today!

Julia will be discussing compostables on a panel alongside experts from the Composting Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) and University of California, Berkeley. Julia has over 20 years experience in composting, agriculture and implementing zero waste programs. In the Vegware team, she bridges the gap between the foodservice and composting worlds. We catch up with her before the conference:

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