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Introducing a new recycling system to a site

You’ve switched your site to Vegware and confirmed with our Environmental team that you’re in one of our composting regions where clients can access our approved collections. How do you ensure the transition all goes to plan?

Whether your site is a small independent café or large corporate site, introducing any new recycling system can have teething issues. It takes time for your site users – staff and visitors alike – to learn a new system. When the new waste stream is for compostable packaging & food waste, Vegware really wants to help our clients get it right. The last thing we all want is to send contamination to a compost facility. Our collective goal is always quality recycling.

The ‘Quality First’ method

For larger sites, Vegware’s Environmental team recommends clients use the ‘Quality First’ method – as these sites have large numbers of staff, visitors and catering outlets – making them more likely to have contamination during the initial transition.

This method means introducing the compostable products, new waste streams and signage – all of which Vegware supplies to our customers, while monitoring the contamination level closely, and only composting it when the behaviour change has been successful.

This allows sites to troubleshoot and address teething issues within any specific areas, teams or contaminants. This means that if the compostable waste is too contaminated, it will – and should – go to incineration during this transition phase. This eliminates concerns of the composting facility receiving compostables that are mixed in with non-recyclables such as plastic-lined coffee cups or non-compostable sandwich boxes. When incinerated, plant-based PLA releases no volatile gases, and produces more heat than newspaper, wood or food waste.

Once the behaviour change activities have been successful, as shown by waste audits, the good quality stream can then go to the composting facility.

Behaviour change is key

Essentially, behaviour change takes time and key steps must be in place to facilitate the introduction to a new way of recycling. But choosing the right bin – and getting it right – is vital for quality recycling across ALL waste streams.

What can you do to have your site be quick on the uptake for learning the new system? Follow our 5 Steps to Zero Waste to adopt a greener process to your site.

5 steps to zero waste

Click to view a case study from our client, Platform at Argyle Street Arches, to learn more about their experience in launching a new recycling system with Vegware.

Keen to introduce Vegware onto your site? Get in touch today: orders@vegware.co.uk +44(0) 333 055 400.

Our new composting collection in Scotland 

Vegware’s compostable packaging is designed to be recycled together with food waste. Now we’re making recycling simple, launching our own collection service.

Close the Loop is a waste collection service for Vegware customers throughout Scotland’s Central Belt, ensuring their compostable packaging and food waste is collected for composting.

Our new service will provide a simple zero waste solution for Scotland’s foodservice industry. With collections in the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Falkirk areas, all collected Vegware and food waste will be composted outside Glasgow at Blantyre. Catering waste will help feed Scottish fields; with high-grade compost created in just a matter of weeks.

The service is flexible for customers: there are no contract tie-ins, users can choose their own collection days and they can cancel or add collections with just 24 hours’ notice. We also provide a clean bin with every collection. To make Close the Loop even more of a success we’re also offering expert support in the form of free staff training and bin signage.

At Vegware, we take our producer responsibility seriously. Close the Loop is just one of the innovative ways we go beyond packaging.

If you’re interested in signing up to our collection service in Scotland or if you’d like more information, contact our Environmental Team at environmental@vegware.co.uk or call them on 0131 564 0313.