Green Scene

The Waste Agenda in 2014

GILES WHITELEY, CEO of Specialist Waste Recycling crystal ball gazes the 2014 waste agenda   There is nothing like an open question to get the grey cells working, so to arrive back into the office after the Christmas break to a request from the guys at Footprint for my thoughts on the changing waste agenda…
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Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 helps delivers £3.1bn in savings

THE GROCERY sector reduced food and packaging waste by 1.7 million tonnes which equates to 4.8 million tonnes of CO2eq under the Courtauld Commitment Phase 2 agreement. The final results released today from WRAP, show significant progress has been made. The supply chain target has been exceeded, the packaging target has been met and the…
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Retailers measure themselves against challenging green targets

RESPONDING TO results issued by Government waste body WRAP on the second phase of the Courtauld Commitment, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) says that the results demonstrate that retailers have made major strides to cut waste across the supply chain.   The results are measured against targets to reduce household food waste, packaging and waste…
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Green-eyed monster

DOING THE right thing could create the wrong impression with colleagues, according to new research.                     A light being left on in an unoccupied office or a recyclable item put in the wrong bin can provoke emotions as strong as guilt, rage or despair claims Rebecca Whittle, a senior…
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Has London struck oil?

CHANGES TO EU laws and a new biodiesel site in the capital could push up the price for used cooking oil.   London boasts the highest concentration of food businesses in the country. This includes an army of 8,000 fast food outlets. There are also mobile caterers, airport dining lounges, contract caterers, food manufacturers, schools and…
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Marketing your company and products as green

CONSUMERS WILL pay more for greener products but are not sure businesses are taking the environment seriously enough.                     A quarter of UK shoppers are prepared to pay more for green goods and services. That's three times more than 2011, according to Nielsen research this summer,…
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Food waste hero, or potential villain?

PIGS ARE being touted as the solution to the UK foodservice sector's food waste problem. But there are reputation risks attached to the concept.                     The Pig Idea is a campaign that is quickly gathering momentum. The aim is to lift the European ban on feeding food…
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Balancing desire and ethics

FOOTPRINT ANALYSES the results of the results of three reports to identify the sustainability expectations of diners.                       There was a time when consumers left their ethics at the front door when eating out. Not any more. A combination of everything from macro-economics to the media…
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The Political Print: DEFRA’s Sustainable Consumption report

YOU MAY well have missed DEFRA’s “Sustainable Consumption Report”, such was the low-key way in which it was ushered into the public domain. No sooner had MPs loaded their Audis and decamped to the south of France for summer recess than the follow-up to the Green Food Project made its taciturn appearance, bereft even of an accompanying press release.…
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