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Yes, some packaging is being composted, but more can be done to ensure commercial composting is UK-wide. Vegware is helping to drive this change.

• Vegware is working actively to increase UK access to commercial composting

• Vegware’s Close the Loop composting collections are already in Scotland, and expanding to other UK regions soon

 2018 has seen a huge shift in public attitudes towards plastic and a surge in requests for plastic-free disposables. Not only are Vegware cups and lids made from plants, but they’re are also compostable, meaning they can biodegrade in under 12 weeks in commercial composting facilities. However, we understand people’s concerns at the lack of access to a composting infrastructure.

There are industrial composting facilities all around the UK which accept used Vegware, as well as some suitable anaerobic digestion facilities. The challenge is that there are not always collection routes available to businesses. Vegware has been working actively to change this, partnering with a variety of waste collectors who take used Vegware and food waste to industrial composting, resulting in zero waste regions around the UK.

Determined to create end-of-life solutions for their products, Vegware has also become a waste broker. In summer 2017, they launched Close the Loop in Scotland. As of March 2018, Vegware has taken 25 tonnes of used Vegware and food waste to commercial composting, creating high-quality compost that feeds Scottish fields.

This initiative is a great success and the Environmental team is working to introduce Close the Loop to other UK regions this year. There are still UK regions though that do not yet have access to industrial composting. But the more major foodservice businesses choose compostables, the quicker we can make composting collections a reality in more areas.

Success not only depends on having the right bins in place, but also having them used correctly. When Vegware’s recycling experts set up composting schemes, a key part of the switchover is education and behaviour change, creating clear bin signage and training everyone involved – from customers to catering managers and waste operatives. The last thing we all want is to send contaminated waste to composting facilities; education is important and a top priority for Vegware.

Vegware works best in closed foodservice environments such as contract caterers operating cafés and restaurants in universities, office buildings or zoos, or even at events and festivals. This allows the waste to be captured within the site’s bins, and they can then help our clients be sure their food waste and Vegware goes to the right place.

To discuss this in more detail, please contact customersupport@espressowarehouse.com

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