Vegware boosts Bristol's composting collections

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Vegware’s entire range is designed to be commercially composted with food waste

Compostable catering manufacturers Vegware will roll out a composting collection service in Bristol.

Launching in November, the initiative will collect used Vegware takeaway packaging from Bristol businesses and take them to Rose Hill Recycling in Gloucestershire where they will biodegrade in under 12 weeks.

Vegware’s entire range is designed to be commercially composted with food waste.

The company will also introduce a bring-back scheme for Bristol cafes which invites customers to dispose of their compostable packaging in any ‘Close the Loop’ bin, despite where it was purchased.

Participating cafes will display a Composting Collective window sticker with an aim to also encourage people to visit independent cafes rather than high-street chains.

The Close the Loop scheme, launched last year, is available in Scotland, Gloucester and Worcester.

Georgia Budden, recycling advisor at Vegware’s Bristol office, said: “Until now, there hasn’t been a Bristol route to commercial composting. We were determined to enable Bristol’s foodservice businesses to truly recycle catering waste here in the West Country, not just export contaminated plastics for incineration.”

The Close the Loop collections come with bin signage, posters, banners and staff training to minimise contamination.

In September, the UK Parliament announced it was serving food using Vegware’s compostable disposables, and having them composted.

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