Food Waste Stories

Our relaunch and roundtable at Waste-Works 2015

Monday 2nd March 2015

The Food Waste Network, a free service helping any UK business go zero waste, is relaunching at Waste-Works 2015, 22-25th March 2015. This zero waste initiative by eco packaging firm Vegware maps and monitors all UK food waste recycling services – collection routes by postcode, all commercial and industrial processing facilities, and on-site food waste systems. A free online service matchmakes any UK business with its ideal food waste recycling.

With landfill gate fees at £102 compared to £43 for organics, thousands of UK businesses are introducing food waste recycling in a bid to boost sustainability and avoid landfill tax. Furthermore, zero waste legislation in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales requires food businesses to introduce separate food waste recycling.

The Food Waste Network was initiated by Vegware as a way of understanding disposal routes for its compostable packaging, but has widened its remit to understand and advise on all food waste recycling for any business. Assistance can be given on multiple levels, from initial matchmaking to full consultancy. Services include educational resources to demystify recycling, advice on practicalities like effective bin signage, and original research testing zero waste theories in practice. It has been highlighted as one of the most useful resources by the waste management working group of WRAP’s Hospitality and Foodservice Agreement (HaFSA).

Eilidh Brunton, project manager, explains the relaunch: “We started building our knowledge capital and data systems in summer 2012, and we now have the most complete picture of the UK organics sector available. We are marking the relaunch at Waste-Works 2015 with a top level round table discussion on barriers to zero waste in foodservice. We want to facilitate partnerships between the foodservice and waste sectors, and make zero waste achievable for all.” 

The Roundtable discussion ‘Barriers to zero waste in foodservice’ is on Wednesday 25th March, 11:45am-1:00pm, South Gallery, ExCel. Contact for a free place, lunch provided.

The Food Waste Network is on stand S1957 at Waste-Works, part of IFE and Pro2Pac.


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