Marcus Gover, Director of WRAP, likes what we are doing. He was the Chair of the judges in this year’s BCE Environmental Leadership Awards. He said: “The judges liked the way Vegware focuses its compostable packaging on the catering and hospitality sectors. These sectors currently recycle little of their food and packaging waste. Vegware is helping these sectors to capture both packaging and food waste that would have otherwise gone to landfill. We also particularly like the Food Waste Network they have set up so that customers can find their local food waste recycling services.” What a nice man.
On Sunday 1st April 2012, landfill tax rises yet again to £64 per tonne. You may not be aware, but this affects every single business and local authority all over the UK. Landfill is already the most expensive destination for UK waste, but we still send 55% of our waste to clog up the few remaining big holes in the ground. Smart businesses are reducing costs and going green by maximising recycling.
The average office or caterer could recycle pretty much everything, but the key first step is introducing food waste recycling. It is common sense – if all the messy food residue is in its own separate bin, the rest of the average bin is much cleaner and far easier to recycle. Sending zero waste to landfill is now the eco-friendly way to start reducing waste management costs. Continue reading Only April FOOLS pay LANDFILL tax…
There’s an article in Packaging Digest on ‘degradable’ oil-based plastics which have a biodegradable additive thrown into the mix, so they will break down into smaller bits of plastic when in landfill. Here’s my comment!
Both oil-based plastic and genuinely compostable bioplastics have their own recycling process. Recycling these materials creates either recycled plastic, or nutrient-rich compost – both of these are useful end-products and have a market value. By introducing biodegradable additives to oil-based plastic, it confuses the consumer, and messes up both of these recycling systems. ‘Degradable’ plastic is simply a bogus green marketing ploy with no real benefit to the environment.
All Vegware products are plastic-free and have certification to prove they are can compost in under 12 weeks. All our products are designed to break down together with food waste, and in the UK we help all our customers set up food waste recycling through the Food Waste Network so they can go zero waste to landfill. Vegware US also has links with many composting facilities. 90% of all waste could actually be recycled, so stuffing useful and valuable waste into landfill is economic and environmental madness. – Lucy Frankel
Want to start saving money and going green by recycling your business’ food waste? Find it all a bit confusing? Let us help! Vegware has long had links with the UK’s food waste recycling sector, and now we have a new sister project, the Food Waste Network (formerly known as the Vegware Composting Network). We’ve opened it up to anyone in the UK, whether they’re a Vegware customer or not. Just email your postcode and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll link you up with your local food waste collection services. Or you can ask to speak to Eilidh or Lucy when you phone us on 0845 643 0406. The UK Packaging Awards 2011 thought it was such a good idea that it was a finalist in their Best Green Initiative award!
Breaking news! We have just received a rather exciting certificate from the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) confirming that a whole host of our products comply with their compostability specifications. This certificate is the final piece in the compostable jigsaw, as now ALL 100% of our core range is covered by compostability certification. We knew that our range was compostable, and now we have the certification to prove it. Vegware is the UK’s first and only completely CERTIFIED compostable food packaging firm!
A Vegware case study is in this issue of FM World, the magazine of the British Institute of Facilities Management. Ian Boughton went to Royal Bournemouth Hospital to discover how using Vegware compostable disposables is cost neutral and makes a huge difference to the environment. The article, Waste Not Want Not, is on page 26. Happy reading!