Flanders: a society built on recycling
With its popular recycling parks, fashionable reuse shops and tiny landfill rates for household waste, Flanders in Belgium looks like an unqualified waste management success story. David Gilliver investigates
Serving up a solution for restaurant food waste
Doggy bags could soon be back in fashion as restaurants look to cut down on the amount of food waste left by diners. It's all part of a new campaign, as Tom Tanner explains
PepsiCo lifts lid on fresh green business goals
Global food and beverage company PepsiCo has unveiled a revamped list of climate commitments, incorporating plans to decouple emissions from business growth, have a positive water impact, and achieve zero waste to landfill.
Waste management industry unites to develop 'first ever' National Recycling Guidelines
Britain's rising recycling contamination levels could be pulled back on track thanks to a new set of guidelines developed by the waste management industry which detail exactly what can and cannot be accepted for recycling at the kerbside.
Sainsbury's boss clashes with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall over food waste management
Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe has fended off a fresh wave of criticism from celebrity chef-turned-eco-warrior Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall about the "ridiculous system" of exacting cosmetic standards of the fruit and veg sold by Britain's supermarkets.
World Food Day: Five fascinating projects to feed the plenty with surplus food
To mark World Food Day on Sunday (16 October), edie rounds up some of the latest green innovations and campaigns aimed at reducing the mountains of food waste that continue to cast a dark shadow on global food systems.
Food manufacturers unveil 2025 targets to deliver 'sustainable food system of the future'
McCain Foods, Cadbury, Coca-Cola GB and McVitie's are among a host of British food and drink manufacturers that have developed a series of ambitious new sustainability commitments this week.
Could this new industry framework reinvigorate England's recycling rates?
England would see a much-needed increase in recycling, an improvement in the quality of recycled materials and a more comprehensive waste management service for households if a new, collaborative industry framework is adopted, WRAP has claimed.
European Commission funds WRAP's £2.7m London-wide food waste reduction plan
WRAP has launched a new London-wide behaviour change initiative that aims to prevent food waste in the capital as well as promoting best practice measures for recycling unavoidable food waste.
Vacherin becomes zero-waste business one year ahead of schedule
London catering business Vacherin has revealed that it has achieved a zero-waste to landfill business status, one year ahead of schedule, as it also closes in on an 80% recycling target set for 2018.
Knorr calls on consumers to consider the 'hidden' impacts of water in food consumption
During World Water Week, food producer Knorr has launched a new behaviour change campaign to drive awareness of the "hidden" water waste impacts in food production, encouraging consumers to take action to reduce their water footprint.
Can 'wonky veg' unite consumers and supermarkets in the food waste battle?
With UK supermarkets struggling to meet impending food waste targets, a new questionnaire reveals that retailers believe consumers are more than willing to turn to wonky veg as a sustainable solution that would be a "clear benefit to all".
Army of chefs wage war on polystyrene waste in London
Britain's 'war on waste' has seemingly taken a turn from paper to polystyrene cups as a selection of top chefs - including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - have sent a letter to London Mayor Sadiq Khan calling for a city-wide ban on non-biodegradable polystyrene packaging.
The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 09 - Doddle deliveries and zero-waste restaurants
What happens when the sharing economy meets parcel delivery services? Have we reached a crucial tipping point in consumer awareness of key CSR issues? And what does the sustainable restaurant of the future look like?
London organisations urged to feed the vulnerable through food donation schemes
National charity FoodCycle is calling on London-based charities, community projects and faith centres to join them in the fight to tackle both food waste and poverty in the capital.
Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?
It was dubbed a "green games for a blue planet" during the bidding process, but the event has since become shrouded in controversy, with venues contaminated with waste, waters infected with superbugs, and the host city's air quality remaining at deadly levels. So, just how 'sustainable' is the Rio 2016 Olympics?
Waitrose cooks up new food waste packaging for pasta range
Waitrose has announced it will become the first supermarket in the UK to launch to new pasta ranges where the packaging is made, in part, from waste food produce.
Hugh's War on Waste: The battle continues with coffee cup recycling in the spotlight
Celebrity chef-turned-eco-warrior Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is reigniting his 'War on Waste' TV series this week, with attention shifting from food waste to coffee cup recycling.
Unilever and Hubbub launch 'Joint Ambition for Zero Food Waste Britain'
Global consumer goods firm Unilever has teamed up with social enterprise charity Hubbub to launch a collaborative, social media-driven project aimed at eliminating food waste.
WRAP reports Resource Revolution progress in latest Annual Review
The launch of the Courtauld Commitment 2025, the development of a series of robust resource efficiency campaigns and the brokering of voluntary agreements across various sectors represent some of the key highlights in WRAP's Annual Review.
Asda becomes first supermarket to show customer food waste savings
Asda customers have saved £57 a year on average after the supermarket chain launched a campaign to tackle domestic food waste.
EFRA launches food waste inquiry as Europe gears up to tackle supermarket waste
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has launched a new inquiry to establish the impacts of the seven million tonnes of food waste produced in the UK, as a European-wide campaign to ban supermarkets from throwing away food closes in on a major milestone.
London boroughs urged to promote circular economy through food waste reduction
London boroughs need to develop the "circular economy of food" by separating food waste collection from general waste in order to rejuvenate plateauing recycling rates and boost activity in surrounding anaerobic digestion (AD) plants.
WRAP launches food waste recycling plan for England
A new five-point action plan aimed at improving household and commercial food waste recycling and collection was launched by WRAP today (7 July) in Birmingham.
M&S expands redistribution trials for frozen perishable food
Marks and Spencer (M&S) has been provided with 'assured advice' from Westminster City Council to expand a trial aiming to redistribute chilled and perishable food waste to local charities.
Liz Goodwin to join WRI as senior fellow in the fight against food waste
Former chief executive of the UK Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Liz Goodwin has revealed that she will join the World Resources Institute (WRI) as a senior fellow and director in September this year.
Tesco's food waste climbed by 4% last year
As Tesco's chief executive used a keynote speech in Cape Town to implore companies to do more to tackle food waste, the UK supermarket revealed that its own food waste had increased by 4% to 59,400 tonnes last year.
Businesses, suppliers and governments must collaborate to tackle food waste, says William Jackson
All of the major players in the food industry must work closer together to ensure greater harmonisation throughout the supply chain when it comes to tackling food waste, William Jackson Food Group's sustainability director has said.
Most European countries see construction as circular economy priority, report reveals
The majority of European countries have identified plastic and packaging, construction and demolition waste and food waste as key priority materials that need to be focused on in the transition to a circular economy, according to a new assessment from the European Environment Agency (EEA).
REA calls for 'urgent' collaboration between food waste industry and local authorities
Increased collaboration and action is needed between the food waste industry and local authorities to boost recycling and food waste capture rates, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC).
Dandelion tyres and farms in glass cocoons: the best green innovations of the week
After a week that saw the concept of collaboration emerge triumphantly, edie has rounded up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could bring people, businesses and entire nations closer together as we continue the transition to a low-carbon economy.
'The world never stands still': M&S continues green business evolution with Plan A update
Nearly three-quarters of products now have an 'eco' or ethical quality; retail food waste has significantly declined, and energy and water efficiency have greatly improved, capping off another hugely successful year of progress for Marks & Spencer's (M&S) Plan A sustainability programme.
Global standard launched to tackle swelling food waste issues
Companies and countries have been urged to ramp up efforts to prevent food waste, through a new global standard that outlines reporting requirements on food management for business and governments to adhere to.
Grocery supply chains worth £300m in food waste war, finds WRAP
Grocery retailers and supply chain operators are missing out on a £300m windfall, and the chance to increase supply-chain redistribution streams four-fold, by failing to tackle food waste issues, new analysis from WRAP has revealed.
Tesco issues rallying call for innovators to help tackle food waste
EXCLUSIVE: Off the back of an impressive track record using innovative platforms to tackle the growing problem of food waste, Britain's biggest supermarket chain has reached out to innovators to introduce further waste reduction solutions.
Waste industry calls for 'urgent Government intervention' to drive UK circular economy
Whilst UK recycling rates continue to creep upwards, "urgent Government intervention" is needed to create a more resilient waste collection system that transforms the nation into a world-leader when it comes to waste and resource management.
Sainsbury's set to expand AD scheme to power more stores from food waste
A scheme which sees a number of Sainsbury's supermarkets powered by renewable energy generated from food waste is to be rolled out to a further six stores, after a successful first year saw green gas produce 10% of the retailer's entire national energy consumption.
Accor to plant 1,000 vegetable gardens to tackle food waste
AccorHotels will plant 1,000 vegetable gardens at its properties, as the world's largest hotel operator ramps up its sustainability commitments in a bid to curtail the environmental impact of its operations.
Vacherin summons wonky veg army to fight war on waste
London catering business Vacherin is striving to bring cosmetically rejected - but still perfectly edible - fruit & vegetables back into the foodservice supply chain with a three-fold increase in its sourcing of produce that would not ordinarily meet the exacting standards of larger retailers.
Heineken gets Neighbourly with community investment drive
Dutch beer company Heineken has become the latest major business to join a social media platform designed to help communities connect with companies through local charitable, environmental and social enterprise projects.
10 years to save £20bn: WRAP unveils revamped Courtauld Commitment 'to transform food industry'
The Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) is today (15 March) urging Britain's food and drink firms to pledge major reductions in food waste and carbon emissions - which could deliver £20bn in savings for the UK economy - through its pioneering new Courtald Commitment 2025.
Tesco rolls out 'FoodCloud' waste donation scheme
Tesco has commenced a national roll-out of a comprehensive and innovative online 'FoodCloud' platform that redirects surplus food from stores to provide millions of meals to local charities and community groups across the country.
Heathrow introduces new sustainable pledges for food and beverage retailers
Heathrow has become the first UK airport to propose a series of environmental targets, including energy reduction, recycling and a 'mystery shopper' programme, for restaurants and outlets in the airport.
British retailers on track to meet energy, water and waste reduction pledges
The UK's biggest retailers including ASDA, Sainsbury's and Argos have collectively reduced carbon emissions by 19% over the past decade, with a 6% reduction in 2014 alone, according to new figures.
Are confusing food labels putting Scotland's new circular economy strategy at risk?
The Scottish Government has been warned that its ambitious new circular economy strategy could unravel due confusing food labels that cause more than 50% of the UK's residents to throw away perfectly edible food.
Scotland pledges 33% food waste reduction by 2025
The Scottish Government has pledged to reduce the nation's food waste by one third over the next nine years - a plan that would save businesses and households across the country more than £500m if successful.
Serving up a food waste solution
With the annual cost of food waste in the hospitality and foodservice sector set to reach £3bn this year, ReFood's Philip Simpson discusses the challenges facing the industry and how businesses can recuperate losses through better reduction and recycling strategies.
Food waste: Focus must shift from supermarkets to supply chains
EXCLUSIVE: Food waste campaigners should stop 'beating up the supermarkets' and instead look further up the supply chain at the untapped redistribution potential of thousands of processors and manufacturers, Britain's largest food redistribution charity has said.
WRAP unveils phase two of England recycling plans
The Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has kick-started phase two of its collaborative, cross-industry plan to bring greater consistency to household waste and recycling collections in England.
Sainsbury's ditches 'BOGOF' sales to ease food waste
Sainsbury's has announced that it is scrapping multi-buy promotions across its food retail outlets in an effort to ease growing customer concerns about food waste and price logistics.
Q&A with WRAP's outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin
As the Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) prepares for the next chapter of its resource revolution quest under a new leader, edie speaks with outgoing chief executive Liz Goodwin about the charity's success story so far, and her own plans for the future.
Liz Goodwin to step down as WRAP chief executive
Liz Goodwin will step down as chief executive of the UK Government's Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) later this year, after nine years in the role.
Asda puts UK's first supermarket wonky veg box on sale
The UK's first supermarket 'wonky vegetable' box went on sale on Friday, containing enough ugly potatoes and knobbly carrots to feed a family of four for an entire week for just £3.50.
UK consumers waste twice as much food as they think, Sainsbury's finds
British families squander twice as much money on food waste each month as they think they do, according to YouGov research commissioned by Sainsbury's.
Biffa ramps up UK food waste infrastructure
Waste services provider Biffa has announced a £1.5m investment to expand its food waste processing capacity across the UK.
Tesco leads new food-waste fighting coalition
Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis will chair a new food waste reduction coalition, launched Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Scottish 'doggy bag' scheme could cut restaurant food waste by 42%
The Scottish Government has launched a new food-waste reduction scheme designed to encourage restaurant goers to take their leftovers home with them.
EU 'missed a trick' by omitting circular economy from Paris pledge
The European Union 'missed a trick' by failing to include any mention of resource efficiency or the circular economy in its INDC submission ahead of the Paris conference.
15,000 tonnes of Christmas leftovers converted into green energy
More than 15,000 tonnes of unused Christmas food - weighing the equivalent of 45 Boeing 747's - was diverted from landfill and transformed into festive renewable energy by one food waste recycler over the festive period.
AD industry urges politicians to emulate Parliament's food waste action
The anaerobic digestion (AD) industry has called for a nationwide food waste segregation plan after a House of Commons representative revealed that the Parliament estate sends the majority of its food waste to anaerobic digestion.
Hospitality and food services on track to achieving 5% emissions reduction target
Businesses in the hospitality sector which had previously signed up to lower key footprints and cut food waste have seen carbon emissions fall by 3.6% for 2014 as they close into the 5% reduction target for 2015.
Plastic bag use in Tesco's slashed by nearly 80% with new charge
Tesco store customers used 78% fewer single-use plastic bags in the month since the introduction of the 5p bag charge in England.
New redistribution platform launched to tackle food waste crisis
A new social media platform that aims to facilitate food redistribution has been launched in the UK.
New circular economy package: The reaction
The European Commission has launched an "ambitious" new circular economy package that it says will boost competitiveness, create jobs and generate sustainable growth. But what does the industry think?
Sainsbury's selects Derbyshire town for food waste innovation trial
Sainsbury's is investing £1m in a market town in Derbyshire to trial new food waste initiatives which could halve the town's waste.
New Circular Economy Package 'less ambitious' than axed predecessor
The European Commission's draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for "better regulation", has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.
Stop the Rot: Skip of food waste arrives at supermarket HQs
A skip full of food waste has been delivered to various supermarket headquarters across the UK, as part of a new campaign supported by celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and environmentalist George Monbiot.
Bristol set for fleet of poo-powered buses
The city of Bristol could soon be home to a fleet of a 130 'poo-powered' buses after a successful pilot project earlier this year.
EU drops food waste and marine litter reduction targets, leak reveals
The EU has dropped a plan to pressure countries into cutting food waste and marine litter by nearly a third, documents seen by the Guardian show.
Tesco fights war on waste with revamped food donation scheme
UK retail giant Tesco has announced it is donating a further 700,000 meals from its 10 distribution centres to charities in an attempt to reduce the amount of surplus food the company is producing.
Feeling green: Food firms urged to get emotional over sustainability
Using "emotional drivers" and financial incentives is the quickest way to spark corporate interest in sustainability initiatives, leading food industry experts have claimed.
Customers must be at heart of circular economy, retailers agree
Retailers must be prepared to collaborate to create a 'behavioral catalyst' that will transform the circular economy concept into a viable, mainstream business model, a panel of sustainability experts has concluded.
Hugh's war on food waste: Are supermarkets doing enough?
Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has gone to war on waste, with a new TV show highlighting the food waste caused by exacting supermarket standards. But the retailers have been quick to tell edie about the steps they're taking to tackle the problem.
UK supermarkets slash food waste by 20,000 tonnes
The UK's leading retailers have banded together to reduce supermarket food waste by 20,000 tonnes over the past year, according to a new report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
Scotland set for AD boom
Scotland's anaerobic digestion (AD) industry could double in size within the next two years after new figures revealed that farming biogas in the country grew by more than two thirds last year.
Voluntary agreement sees UK retailers cut 80,000 tonnes of waste
Britain's manufacturers and retailers have reduced their ingredient, product and packaging waste by 80,000 tonnes since 2012, thanks to a voluntary agreement organised by WRAP.
Food waste: Opportunity knocks for hospitality businesses
With sustainability becoming an increasingly important factor in dining decisions, ReFood's commercial director Philip Simpson explores how increasing food waste recycling in bars, restaurants and hotels could boost customer footfall, as well as reducing waste management costs.
Food waste coalition begins push for value chain collaboration
Pepsi, Unilever and WWF are among a collection of businesses and NGOs that have joined a new coalition organisation tasked with inspiring companies to adopt comprehensive food waste programmes.
Food waste: Employee behaviour change campaign launched
Food and grocery businesses across the UK are helping their employees to reduce their household food waste through a month-long campaign co-ordinated by WRAP and food research firm IGD.
M&S to donate surplus food to charities
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today (9 October) announced the launch of a nationwide food redistribution scheme which will see 150 of the supermarket's biggest stores pass surplus food onto a host of local charities.
Wales recycling rates on the up, England urged to take heed
Rising recycling rates in Wales have prompted calls for the rest of the UK to follow suit and develop clearer, more coherent national waste management strategies in order to reach EU targets.
Sainsbury's searches for 'test bed' town to trial food waste initiatives
Sainsbury's has launched a five-year, £10m innovation project to try and tackle the problem of household food waste in the UK.
UNEP: 'Urgent response' needed to avert global waste crisis
The first ever worldwide waste report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says immediate action is required to shift from 'take-make-use-waste' to a circular economy.
Survey: Restaurants ignore sustainability 'at their peril'
More than 90% of consumers say they would be more likely to go to a restaurant that publicised its environmental impact and the provenance of its food.
WRAP highlights three priorities for EU circular economy package
The Waste and Resources Action Plan (WRAP) has revealed its response to the EU's circular economy consultation, detailing three key targets for the forthcoming package.
Is it perfect policy timing for waste?
The United Nations, European Commission and UK Government have all recently announced key policy themes around waste and resources. The question is, will they complement each other?
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
This week edie reported plenty of tech news from Silicon Valley, UK food waste figures and developments from our very own foreign correspondent in Indonesia.
UK wastes the most food in Europe
The UK is the worst-performing country in Europe when it comes to food waste, throwing away almost 6kg of food per household every week.
WRAP and Valpak embark on joint packaging recycling project
Resource body WRAP and environmental consultancy Valpak are to collaborate on new research into the flow of paper and card waste through the market.
Morrisons announces new partnership to tackle food waste
Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced it is working with charity FoodCycle to tackle UK poverty and food waste.
It's not easy being green, according to Britain's biggest consumer panel
Nine in 10 UK consumers care about 'being green', but the same number admit to throwing away food, according to a major new survey carried out by Asda.
Aston University researchers pioneer portable biofuel facility
Aston University has developed new technology to convert waste and residues, such as babywipes, into biofuel.
Moving from recycling to re-use in the food logistics industry
Moving away from recycling and towards re-using is the only way forward for the food transit industry, writes PPS Equipment managing director Joanne Moss.
Bin sizes and food waste collections pose recycling challenge, says WRAP
Factors under the control of local authorities account for the largest variation in recycling rates across the UK, new research from WRAP has revealed.
'Social supermarket' unites with surplus charity unite to tackle food poverty
A new partnership between Community Shop and the charity Food Cycle is set to prevent even more food waste while providing social benefits to deprived areas.
Circular economy package: Policy priorities for the UK
The European Commission's long-awaited circular economy package must take into consideration renewable and decentralised energy, economic growth and voluntary agreements as a means to minimise waste across the continent.
UK opposes new EU waste recycling targets in leaked paper
The UK has rubbished the idea of Europe setting new targets for recycling, despite warnings from the EU's environment commissioner that such measures should be non-negotiable.
Ellen MacArthur Foundation values EU circular economy at €1.8trn
A pan-European transition to a circular economy would generate around €1.8trn of benefit for European economies every year, a major new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has claimed.
Glastonbury to Shambala: 5 festivals going green this summer
British Summer Time means one thing to tens of thousands across the country: festival season. But how are this year's big events attempting to green-up the party experience?
Brighton's i360 tower to set 'global benchmark' for green tourism
Construction has now been underway for one year on i360 - Brighton's new vertical cable car that is planning to set a new benchmark for sustainable attractions.