Sustainability News | Waste | August 2021

Sep 1, 2021

It’s now the second half of the Summer and we are well in to the wedding season (our first in two years), which bring with it it’s own challenges.

Waste has been a real issue across the industry for many years, and although people are more aware of the damage that single use can do, in busy times they fall back into old habits and choose convenience over conscience.  We’ve been working talking to our members this month about putting in place waste management plans, and educating couples about what they can do to minimise waste at their wedding.

But it’s also been featured in the media this month too…


Next steps to tackle plastic waste

Government to consult on banning a range of polluting plastics this Autumn, with single-use plastic plates, cutlery and polystyrene cups under review.

The war on plastic waste is set to be ramped up with fresh plans to stop the supply of a range of single-use plastics that threaten our natural environment.

Single-use plastic plates, cutlery and polystyrene cups are among a raft of items that could be banned in England as part of a new public consultation being launched in the Autumn. These proposals will lead to businesses using more sustainable alternatives and prevent plastic litter from polluting our landscapes.

Read more.


Food Waste Spikes in the U.K. as Lockdown Restrictions Lifted

The amount of food wasted by British households has returned to pre-pandemic levels as the reopening of the economy means families backtrack on food-saving habits and opt for more take-away meals.

Three in 10 U.K. citizens are classified as “high food wasters,” up from 20% in April 2020, according to the latest survey by WRAP, a charity promoting environmental sustainability and recycling. The spike in reported food waste coincided with lockdown restrictions easing in June and July, it said Monday.

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Recycling week is coming up – 20th to 26th September 2021

“It takes less energy and fewer emissions to recycle than to make things from scratch, which is why recycling saves a total of 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year in the UK”

Recycle Week wouldn’t be possible without the help of people like you spreading the word. Show how you’re taking action for climate change by recycling more and share your recycling tips… Stepping It Up online.

Use #RecycleWeek on social media and check out our social channels.


Compost: Why are more people dealing with green waste at home?

Saving grass cuttings and kitchen scraps for the compost bin has long been second nature for those with green fingers. However, sales of compost products soared during the pandemic, and now more people than ever are making so-called “black gold” at home.
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Businesses ‘not aware’ of plastics tax, Veolia says

A study conducted by waste management giant Veolia found that 83% of businesses are “not aware” of the plastics packaging tax, which is coming into force next year.

However, the company says a similar number of respondents (84%) were supportive of the policy as it currently stands.

Read more.

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