Sainsbury’s launches special Halloween recycling scheme

Sainsbury’s launches special Halloween recycling scheme

SAINSBURY’S HAS launched a special recycling scheme to help get customers composting this Halloween.

The supermarket giant expects to sell just over one million pumpkins this week, but once carved, pumpkins are often thrown away – even though they can be easily recycled.

To help solve the problem, the new scheme encourages people to locally recycle unwanted pumpkins through WRAP’s Recycle Now campaign. Customers will be able to bring back their pumpkins ...

Record-breaking British strawberry season

Record-breaking British strawberry season

BRITISH STRAWBERRY farmers have enjoyed a bumper crop this year due to the warm autumn weather which has helped them to harvest fruit late into the season.

So far this year 60,170 tonnes of strawberries have been produced, an 8% increase on 2013, and growers are expecting to harvest crops as late as December. According to British Summer Fruits, the trade body that represent the majority of berry producers, the boom ...

Financial pressures reduce food waste

Financial pressures reduce food waste

THE FOOD Standards Agency (FSA) has found that the British public are scaling down on food waste by changing their eating habits due to financial pressures to save money.

According to a new survey carried out by the FSA, the UK’s household food waste has dropped by 21% in the last 7 years and the amount of people who now avoid throwing food away stands at 58% – up 10% since ...

Business should prepare for winter blackout’s

Business should prepare for winter blackout’s

BRITAIN’S NATIONAL Grid has warned that generator closures and breakdowns have reduced its capacity to supply electricity to a seven year low.

Its 2014/15 Winter Outlook report bases its figures on similar demand for last winter whilst taking into account that since 2012, 15 power plants have been closed or partially closed, taking out a sizeable chunk of the UK’s energy-generating capacity.

Three years ago spare capacity on the Grid was 17%. ...

Waste and resource management sector backs circular economy

Waste and resource management sector backs circular economy

NEW RESEARCH commissioned by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has found that the resource management sector is embracing the circular economy and the potential financial and environment opportunities it offers.

The report, entitled ‘The Circular Economy: what does it means for the waste and resource management sector?’ was based on the response to an online survey from 612 people as well as 54 interviews with industry leaders.

Based on the ...

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The little interview: First six months of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations

The little interview: First six months of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations

VINCENT IGOE at Olleco Scotland, talks about the first six months of the Waste (Scotland) Regulations.

Q: The new regulations are ambitious, requiring businesses to separate their waste, including food. What have been the big challenges so far?

A: The amount of time we have had to spend with each customer: firstly to explain the regulations in layman’s terms and then to show them the cost benefits of segregating the waste into ...

Access all areas

Access all areas

HOSPITALITY BUSINESS are losing business by not offering free wifi. But it’s a service that can enhance customer experience in more ways than one, especially if it’s done ethically.

New research has suggested that three-quarters of hospitality venues are convinced that their quality of service and facilities are far more important to their customers than access to the internet. However, a third of travellers say they wouldn’t  return to a hotel ...

What price sustainability?

What price sustainability?

IN GROCERY, brands are everything. But can developing a sustainable image encourage shoppers to pay a premium? Johan Anselmsson reports.

Sainsbury’s recently launched its biggest own-label campaign to date as it looks to build on growth rates that are outstripping branded products by two to one. The emergence and subsequent growth of supermarket brands has provided strong competition to established brands in many categories, but in packaged food the rivalry is ...

Back to the future

Back to the future

“THERE’S A way to do it better – find it,” said prolific inventor, Thomas Edison, the man credited with inventing the light bulb, among other things.

His approach transformed everyday life across the globe in a way that could never have been anticipated. And a similar transformation is exactly what is required in agriculture if we are to meet the sustainability challenges ahead.

Here is the problem. Population growth means that there ...

An ounce of (waste) prevention

An ounce of (waste) prevention

THE PROGRESS made in recycling rates is impressive, but should businesses be doing more to reduce the amount of waste they create? Jamie Pitcairn and Rupert Carrick certainly think so.

In the last 20 years a huge focus across the UK has been placed on recycling yet it’s the second worst option for managing our resources, behind reuse and reduction. Recycling will not fix the UK’s dependency on primary material use ...

Take action or face legislation

PROFESSOR SUSAN JEBB, chair of the Responsibility Deal’s Food Network, prefers voluntary action but hasn’t  ruled out legislation

 

The Responsibility Deal annual updates were published end of last month. Are we making progress?

 

Yes, without doubt. This year’s annual returns include actions and commitments that I do ...

Social sustainability

“Effective staff recruitment, retention, management and development can work wonders for the sustainability of any business and the contract catering industry is far beyond exception. To steady a ship, you need a familiar crew. People you know you can count on. I am confident that Dine Contract Catering’s recent achievements have emerged from how we hire our team members, maintain ...