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Investors back plan for 40 AD plants

INVESTORS INCLUDING The Duchy of Cornwall, Sainsbury’s and Islamic investment firm Fajr Capital have stumped up £65m to back a network of anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.   The money will be used to form a “game-changing” start-up company, Tamar Energy, which will focus on producing energy from organic waste matter. The plan is to develop…
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New video to inspire action on waste

UNILEVER FOOD Solutions has launched an interactive video wall for operators to share their success and exchange best practice on reducing avoidable food waste.   The wall shows how chefs and caterers have used the company’s Wise up on Waste toolkit – a simple waste audit – to cut waste and save money.   Ashley…
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£500,000 fund to support business food waste collections in England

A fund of half a million pounds was today launched to support demonstration projects which encourage the collection of food waste from businesses and public sector buildings. The fund, totalling £500,000 over the next 3 years, is managed by WRAP on behalf of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It will give the…
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WRAP speaks to the Green Alliance / CBI conference on resource security

PRODUCT reuse could hold the key to issues of resource security says WRAP   You'll remember that the Footprint Awards we themed the evening around "upcycling".  There are echos of that concept in what WRAP have highlighted in this speech to the Green Alliance/CBI Conference.   Growth of the world’s emerging economies, and a corresponding increase in…
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Voluntary agreement on waste

THE FOODSERVICE industry will have to reduce its food and packaging waste by 5% under proposals published by the Waste and Resources Action Programme.   The percentage of food and packaging waste recycled, composted or sent to anaerobic digestion will also have to rise from 47% to 70%.   These targets will be against a…
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Food waste trial for Wetherspoon

WETHERSPOON HAS begun a trial to collect food waste from over two dozen of its sites. Biffa, the company’s long-term waste contractor, will collect the waste from 28 sites across the country. Most of it will end up in the Poplars anaerobic digestion plant – the largest plant of its kind in the UK. Wetherspoon…
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Waste targets within reach for grocery

GROCERY RETAILERS and manufacturers in the UK are making significant progress in meeting the waste and recycling targets set out in phase 2 of the Courtauld Commitment.   Companies have already managed to cut packaging weight and waste by 5.1% and reduce household food waste by 3%. This puts them well on track to meet…
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Household food waste falls

Household food waste has fallen by 13%, but the UK is still throwing away £12bn of edible food.     Since 2006/07, household food waste has fallen from 8.3 million tonnes to 7.2 million tonnes a year. However, the vast amounts of edible food waste ending up in bins leaves a “big job” to be…
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Business urged to sign food waste pledge

Food businesses, restaurants and retailers have been urged to follow new guidance that will help them avoid food waste.   Developed by the ‘Feeding the 5,000’ partnership, the guidance outlines the five principles of the so-called ‘Food Waste Pyramid’, which encourages businesses to cut waste, redistribute unwanted food and send anything else to anaerobic digestion…
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SRA’s campaign on track

Forget the iPhone 4, ‘doggie boxes’ are the most popular innovation if you’re in foodservice. The specially-designed boxes are part of the ‘Too good to waste campaign’ (http://www.toogood-towaste.co.uk/), which is helping restaurants cut waste by allowing customers to take leftovers home with them. According to the Sustainable Restaurant Association  (SRA), all 25,000 of the boxes…
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