10.31am GMT Late reaction I asked Martin Taylor, managing director of plastic packaging manufacturer Sharpak, whether he felt the supermarket industry was driving innovation in packaging. Not surprisingly he told me his clients were: "Committed to reducing food waste and they realise that packaging plays a large role in ensuring food is maintained at the highest quality. Without the support of the retail industry we would not be able to manufacture meat packaging which has the potential to counteract the large scale waste of food across Britain." For those interested in how packaging is evolving, Sharpak says they are focussing on developing anti-microbial packaging, which "eradicates the harmful surface bacteria present on raw meat products". He said: “The packaging industry must demonstrate exactly how it can drive home the importance of reducing food waste. For example, offering packaging which enables consumers to reseal their fresh meat products will drastically … [Read more...] about Why do we still waste so much food at home?
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Food producers, retailers, restaurants and consumers are being urged to join forces to secure a ban on all food waste going into landfill by 2020, in a bold national campaign. Compulsory collections of food waste from all homes and businesses by local councils are among a series of measures recommended in a new report to enable food waste to be harnessed as a valuable resource to provide energy, heat and benefits for agriculture. The ambition is to save the UK economy over £17bn a year through the reduction of food wasted by households, businesses and the public sector, preventing 27m tonnes of greenhouse gases a year from entering into the atmosphere. The new study, Vision 2020: UK Roadmap to Zero Food Waste to Landfill is the culmination of more than two years' work and has the backing and input of local authority and industry experts. It sets the framework for a food waste-free UK by 2020. Last week official figures revealed the average UK family was wasting nearly £60 a … [Read more...] about Food waste: national campaign aims to stop the rot by 2020
Working out how to deal with the waste produced by everyday life has become increasingly important, but with different rules in different areas it can be hard to know what you can recycle - and how. Here we answer some of the questions you have asked about recycling in Scotland.This article was inspired by questions sent in by readers of the BBC website.Why are there so many different recycling rules?Each of the 32 councils in Scotland has their own rules around what can and cannot be recycled, what bins different types of waste should be put in - and even the number and colour of bins that are provided.This is because of differences in what each council's Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is able to sort through, and it can make things a bit confusing if you're visiting another part of the country. We looked at the five councils that recycled the highest percentage of household waste last year - East Renfrewshire, West Lothian, Clackmannanshire, Moray and Inverclyde - and found big … [Read more...] about Recycling: Why is it so confusing?
Christmas morning, and presents have just been opened. Your home is now littered with mounds of colourful wrapping paper. But what on earth to do with it? It brands itself as paper - so can it be recycled?The short answer? Not always. And that's because gift wrap often contains much more than simply paper. "It's a nightmare for paper mills this time of year," confesses Simon Ellin, the chief executive of the Recycling Association - a trade body that represents around 90 different paper merchants, waste management companies and other businesses involved in recycling paper. That's because while they're presented with mountains of wrapping paper, they cannot work with all of it."Not all wrapping paper is paper," Simon points out. Some is plastic-based. Then there's the issue of gift wrap that's covered in "metres of Sellotape", not to mention gift tags or paper that contains foil or glitter, none of which can be recycled. But you can recycle a good deal of what you've wrapped your … [Read more...] about Can you recycle wrapping paper?
Highland Council has proposed building a facility in Inverness that would sort rubbish into waste suitable for use in the making of fuel for power plants.About 140,000 tonnes of waste is produced every year by households and businesses in the Highlands, according to the local authority.It said about 43% of the material was recycled and rest sent to landfill sites at an annual cost of £11m.The council hopes to further reduce the amount of landfill rubbish and costs.The materials recovery facility has been proposed for Stadium Road.Highland Council said the site could process up to 83,000 tonnes of waste annually.Items which could be recycled such as cans, bottles and plastic pots and tubs would be sorted from waste suitable for incineration at energy-from-waste plants elsewhere in the UK.Environment, development and infrastructure committee chairman, Allan Henderson, said: "The national legislation changes coming in on 1 January 2021 mean, like all other councils, we will not be … [Read more...] about Waste for fuel site planned for Inverness