March 24th, 2017

Throw away your chains: waste in food manufacturing

by Mark Hilton   Much of the UK’s efforts to address food waste have been directed towards retailers and householders. This focus is not without some justification: household food waste accounts for nearly half of the nearly 10m tonnes of post-farm gate food waste in the UK each year. However, that should not lead us […]


January 20th, 2017

Should we be making a meal out of food waste?

by Jake Brown   We can all agree on one thing, that food waste is not good for the environment. But can it be ‘utilised’ to bring about social benefits to local communities? I run a social enterprise trying to do just that. Utilise Loughborough is a social café that makes use of ‘waste’ food […]


November 25th, 2016

Less rotting in the state of Denmark?

by Sarah Ettlinger   Copenhagen’s second ‘Wefood’ surplus food supermarket opened on Monday 7th November. Products in the shop are donated, for example due to damaged packaging or being close to or past best-before dates, and sold at 50-70% below the market price. The expansion builds on the success of the first Wefood, which received […]


November 20th, 2015

Separate biowaste collections: a TEEP learning curve?

by Peter Jones   Details are starting to emerge of the forthcoming European Commission Circular Economy package proposal, now expected early in the New Year. If the leaks are accurate, and the package is translated into a directive in something like its current form, there will be a great deal of thinking to do – […]


October 31st, 2014

Is separate food waste collection expensive?

by Peter Jones   The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s report on Waste management in England has been big news in waste this month, and by virtue of being a bit of a mixed bag most commentators have been able to find in it something to praise. The Committee had the unenviable job of […]


December 19th, 2013

Let’s talk turkey

by Peter Jones   For most Isonomia readers, Christmas will be a time of plenty – even of excess. Too much food, perhaps too much to drink – and maybe a little too much of certain relatives who outstay their welcome. It’s a time that brings people together – but it also puts in stark […]


September 27th, 2013

Fit for pigs?

Pig and carrot

by Edd Colbert   Pigs are perhaps the original solution to the problem of food waste, but one that current farming practice and legislation has put out to graze. It is likely that their voracious appetite for our leftovers and offcuts was the reason why humans first domesticated pigs, and for centuries they helped to […]