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.