UK Startup Winnow Raises $7.4 Million With Food Waste Reduction Tech

Commercial food waste is a huge problem. In the UK alone it was estimated that in 2011 the cost of food wastage was £2.5 billion for the hospitality and food service sector. This equates to approximately 1.3 billion meals. Of this wastage, 75% was avoidable. UK startup Winnow has been helping businesses tackle this problem …

Costa, Greggs, McDonald’s and Starbucks Among Coffee Giants to Sign Cup Recycling Deal

Some of the UK’s largest coffee shops have joined forces to battle Britain’s cup waste mountain, announcing plans to develop a nationwide recycling system they hope will curb the numbers of takeaway cups ending up in landfill. Fourteen organisations, including Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee, Greggs, McDonald’s UK, Pret A Manger, and Starbucks, will help fund …

Zero Waste Scotland Publishes Carbon Report as Recycling Rate Climbs

Scotland’s national household recycling rate reached 45.5% in 2016, with one council, East Renfrewshire, becoming the first Scottish council to break through the 60% mark, according to figures published today. The news comes on the same day that Zero Waste Scotland published a report on how recycling helps fight climate change. The organization, which is …

EU Commission ‘Limiting Focus’ of Chemicals and Waste Roadmap

The European Commission’s roadmap on chemicals, products and waste legislation should concentrate on resolving policy conflicts, says the European Engineering Industries Association, Orgalime. There is a “limiting” of focus to how to reduce the presence, and improve the tracking, of chemicals of concern in products, it says, rather than addressing the conflicting and overlapping requirements …

British Airways Tries Again on Waste Based Biofuels

UK carrier British Airways (BA) has partnered with renewable fuels company Velocys, after an earlier waste-to-fuel initiative named GreenSky with Washington-based Solena Fuels fell through. This latest venture uses fuel derived from waste biomass, similar to the GreenSky project that BA signed up to with Solena in 2010. Under that earlier project, BA was planning …

Bottoms Up: EU Drinks Carton Recycling Rate Pushes Past 45 Per Cent Mark

Europe is now recycling almost half its cardboard drinks cartons as progressing on cutting waste within the trading bloc continues. The recycling rate for cardboard drinks cartons hit 47 per cent in 2016 – up from 44 per cent the previous year – according to the latest figures released this week. According to the Alliance …

Veolia Unveils ‘Cupcycling’ Scheme to Turn Coffee Cups into Shopping Bags

From today shoppers in Selfridges will be able to give their green credentials a polish thanks to a new partnership between the department store, waste giant Veolia and papermaker James Cropper, which together have launched a new initiative to turn the store’s old coffee cups into its iconic yellow shopping bags. The ‘cupcycling’ programme will …