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 …

Wetherspoons Bans Plastic Straws

JD Wetherspoons has announced it will stop using plastic straws across its 900 pubs in the UK and Ireland by the end of this year, in a bid to curb plastic pollution. Instead it will switch to biodegradeable paper straws, with staff at the pub chain reducing the use of …

WRAP plans to take bite out of food waste with new youth-focused campaign

UK waste body WRAP has today unpacked a new strategy to encourage behaviour change among young adults in an attempt to address the UK’s flatlining progress on household food waste. Speaking at the RWM Conference today in Birmingham, WRAP CEO Marcus Gover set out a strategy that puts younger adults …

Seattle to Ban Plastic Straws, Utensils at Restaurants Next Year

Starting next year, Seattle restaurants will no longer provide plastic straws and plastic utensils to its patrons after a 2010 ordinance finally takes effect. “As of July 1, 2018, food services businesses should not be providing plastic straws or utensils,” Sego Jackson, the strategic advisor for Waste Prevention and Product …

Wales Recycling Rate Hits 64 Per Cent Target Three Years Early

Wales again increased its overall recycling rate last year meaning it has now reached its target of recycling 64 per cent of household waste three years ahead of schedule, the Welsh government announced yesterday. Provisional Welsh waste and recycling figures for the year ending March 2017 show 64 per cent …

Over 8.3 Billion Metric Tons Of Plastics Made By Humans To Date, Most Of...

More than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics have been produced by humans since large-scale production began back in the 1950s, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances. Almost all of this plastic now resides as litter or micro-plastics pollution in the natural environment, or buried …