July 13th, 2018

A mug’s game? Choosing how to manage waste coffee grounds

by Peter Jones   What is the best environmental option for dealing with spent coffee grounds (SCGs)? Defra’s statutory guidance on the waste hierarchy is quite clear that anaerobic digestion (AD) is the preferred option for food waste, it is perhaps a question that should not need to be asked. However, there are enterprising businesses […]


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 […]


February 12th, 2016

Why are we still talking about landfill bans?

by Harriet Parke   For anyone attempting to keep abreast of waste issues, it can seem like it’s impossible to escape calls for banning certain materials – or all materials – from landfill. As someone with both a professional and personal interest in food waste, it’s a recurring theme I’ve become acutely aware of because […]


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 – […]


August 28th, 2015

Waste hierarchy compliance: a tick box exercise?

by Sam Taylor and Peter Jones   The waste hierarchy is one of the fundamental elements of the European waste management policy. Enshrined in the Waste Framework Directive, and transposed into UK law in the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 (‘the 2011 Regulations’), applying the waste hierarchy is a legal duty on all producers […]