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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! 

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

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!

Vegware packaging now ‘Composter Approved’ by US Compost Manufacturing Alliance

Following successful trials, Vegware announces today it has received the Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) approval on a wide range of its plant-based compostable foodservice packaging. These highly respected American standards provides official recognition and acceptance of the Vegware products as compostable by both CMA-I facilities and Cedar Grove’s covered processing system.

Testing compostables

The CMA and its affiliated partner, Cedar Grove Composting in Washington State, field testing results demonstrate that products manufactured by Vegware are acceptable in operations and processes.

The CMA is a partnership of the top U.S. compost manufacturers, providing field validation of compostable feed stocks within real world processing technologies. Cedar Grove Composting is a Seattle-based, family-owned business producing nutrient-rich compost.

As composting collections and processing grows in the US and globally, ensuring foodservice packaging works as feedstock in modern large-scale composting facilities is essential. This way, operations at each step of the organics recycling process runs smoothly.

Vegware approved

This official recognition allows access to the CMA “Composter Approved” logo. The “Composter Approved” logo signals nationwide processing opportunities to create quality compost from Vegware’s wide range of plant-based compostable foodservice packaging.

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Paper recyclers say no to food and suggest limits for plastic, in new WRAP and CPI guidelines

Is your paper being recycled? Anything more than food staining on paper packaging is problematic for paper recycling, according to the new recycling guidelines from The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI).

Vegware believes that compostables solve the issue of food contamination on catering disposables. Compostable packaging and food waste can be recycled together in industrial composting, leaving other dry recycling cleaner for processing.

Mixed materials challenge the recycling process

Conventional foodservice packaging is notoriously challenging to recycle as it is a combination of materials.

Any raw paper or board materials contaminated with food waste or other mixed materials can undermine the full benefits of recycling paper.

Food waste’s negative effect on recycling

The guide states that surface staining of packaging is processable, but leftovers or food attached to the packaging is unacceptable for recycling. Vegware’s experience in working with the waste sector is that both the packaging and food waste are then sent to waste disposal.

Vegware is aware that uncontaminated PET water bottles have an established recycling infrastructure, but a cardboard sandwich wedge with a plastic lining and window and contaminated with food waste doesn’t.

The plastic problem

Over 3-5% plastic contamination puts pressure on the process. For example, from Vegware’s work with foodservice, the windows in sandwich wedges and plastic linings in coffee cups are a considerable recycling issue.

A compostable solution?

Current catering disposables seem unsuitable for recycling. Instead, Vegware believes foodservice should look to consider compostable packaging.

Vegware uses a variety of renewable plant-based materials to manufacture our products – we use:

  • plant-based PLA for our clear windows, and to line our hot cups and soup containers
  • reclaimed sugarcane to make bagasse food containers
  • card and paper for our coffee cups and sandwich wedges
  • areca palm leaves for our tableware
  • NatureFlex – a clear compostable film made from wood pulp – for our salad box windows and bags
  • Vegetable and water-based inks for all our printing

Our full range also holds the deepest set of compostability certification.

This eliminates the complication of mixed materials. All our plant-based catering disposables can be composted together with food leftovers and baked-on goods, turning it into nutrient-rich compost for farmers’ fields. See UK regions with composting here.

Defra Want YOUR Views – Should Compostables Become Part of Mainstream UK Waste Collections?

Now here is a huge opportunity. Do you believe compostables have a role to play?

The UK Government is about to completely overhaul our waste systems, and are seeking YOUR views.

This is your chance to tell Defra, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, if you want to see compostables become part of mainstream UK waste collections, and see the Government encouraging the use of renewable, plant-based materials.

We don’t think it’s okay to carry on relying on export to deal with the UK’s contaminated low-grade packaging waste. We have composting facilities here in the UK, but just need to develop our collection infrastructure.

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Total World Environment Day Event

World Environment day

To celebrate World Environment Day we were invited to attend an event set up by Total to speak to children from an Aberdeen school. The focus of the day was to educate and raise awareness of recycling to the children through a range of engaging activities.

World Environment day

The kids were treated to a tour of Total’s recycling set-up and we brought along some Vegware products and our interactive ‘Bin Detective’ activity. This involved a presentation from a member of our Environmental team where we looked at the benefits of recycling and composting. We then tested out their knowledge through introducing them to a variety of Vegware products.

world environment day

One of the highlights of the day for the kids was the introduction of the ‘Smoothie Bike’. The premise behind this being that the pedalling of the bike generated the energy needed to start the smoothie maker. A delicious smoothie proved to be the perfect reward for their hard work. We had a great day at Total’s event and we’re sure the kids took on board some useful recycling knowledge.