New packaging can join food waste in the compost!

A UK company is offering 100% compostable catering products and food packaging. Vegware’s low carbon products are made from renewable materials and can be recycled alongside food waste, solving the problem of not being able to recycle food-contaminated plastics. So far this year, the company has already saved more than four million kilograms of carbon and prevented around three and […]

English recycling rate hit new high in 2012

The amount of household waste recycled in England hit a new high over the summer in 2012, according to Defra. In 2006 little more than a third of household waste was recycled but between July and September last year, households sent nearly half (47%) of more than 6 million tonnes of waste for recycling. That’s […]

Households recycling more, wasting less

Household recycling has gone up while people are wasting less, according to new Defra statistics released today. The proportion of household waste sent for recycling, composting or reuse over 2011 in England was 42.9%, up from 41.5% in the financial year of April 2010 to March 2011. The amount of waste per person is going […]

Compost needs clearer regulation

The UK’s water and environment body is calling for more quality control on compost. The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) believes that with recycling and landfill increasingly on the agenda there needs to be clearer regulatory footing. Modern composting facilities can minimise emissions to air and reduce any health impacts from bioaerosols, […]

Food recycling first for Wales

Two councils in Wales are planning to turn food leftovers into renewable energy or compost. Powys and Ceredigion local authorities send about 15,000 tonnes of food waste a year to a shared landfill site near Llanidloes. In the future they plan to instead send the scraps to a special conversion plant, which they hope will […]