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
How do they recycle food waste
Sound familiar? Head to the supermarket with a shopping list of fresh food, only to find the bin bulging with the rotting remains of our best intentions? The UK wastes 10.2 million tons of food a year – with the majority of it down to us at home. And the hospitality and food service industry throws out the equivalent of 1.3 billion meals a year – one in six dished up. But now Britain’s biggest supermarkets, suppliers and manufacturers and hospitality businesses have pledged to halve food waste by 2030. Plans include serving smaller portions of chips and offering diners “doggy bags”. The Government’s waste reduction advisory body, Waste and Resources Action Programme, has created an action plan to slash the £3billion worth of food wasted by restaurants, cafes, hotels and canteens every year – 75% of which could have been eaten. Its Guardians Of Grub campaign, backed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove, will encourage doggy … [Read more...] about Fed up of waste? 20 tips to help you cut down on how much food you throw away
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?
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?
LONDON (Reuters) - British families should wrap their Christmas presents in recyclable brown paper and make their own Christmas crackers using old toilet rolls this year to help ensure a more sustainable festive season, a leading waste company said. FILE PHOTO: A woman looks at Christmas decorations in a shop in Rome, Italy, December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi/File Photo Business Waste said its survey of customer habits showed “horrifying” levels of non-recyclable plastic waste being thrown out at Christmas time and urged people to use humbler, home-made substitutes. “Even most gift-wrapping paper contains some plastic to give it the bright sheen that people like to see under their Christmas trees,” it said in a statement. The wrapping paper thrown out by Britons over the Christmas period could stretch 227,000 miles, or almost to the moon. “The festive season creates more plastic waste than any time of year, most of which goes to landfill or is … [Read more...] about I’m dreaming of a green Christmas: UK firm urges clampdown on waste