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13 Dec, 2017

Government waste stats show increase in UK food waste collections

By | December 13th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Defra released the latest government waste statistics for the UK on 5 December 2017. Amongst other figures of note, the statistics show a rise of 15 per cent in food waste collections across the UK in 2016, a welcomed trend. The figures can be found on the Defra website by clicking here.  

6 Dec, 2017

FAO unveils resources to support World Soil Day

By | December 6th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation has released a selection of resources to mark World Soil Day (5 December). World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. These include: key publications and flagship initiatives global events on 5 December 2017 [...]

27 Nov, 2017

European Commission Bioeconomy Week – Presentations

By | November 27th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA was present in Brussels at the Bioeconomy Week in November. The European Commission organised, on Thursday 16 November, a Bioeconomy Policy Day to present its review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan and discuss its findings with stakeholders and policy makers. The European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel also discussed its Bioeconomy Manifesto, setting out [...]

15 Nov, 2017

Aquapak Polymers launches new flexible Hydropol range

By | November 15th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member Aquapak Polymers Ltd is introducing HydropolTM, a library of highly functional flexible plastics that are water soluble, biodegradable, recyclable, non-toxic and FDA-approved. Despite having excellent barrier qualities as a packaging material, HydropolTM completely degrades in standard composting and anaerobic digestion (AD) residence times; while in recycling systems it can be recovered from solution [...]

13 Nov, 2017

BBIA backs EMF call for worldwide ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging

By | November 13th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The Bio-Based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) is one of over 150 companies endorsing a call from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to ban oxo-degradable plastic packaging worldwide. Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, including carrier bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution, with claims that such plastics degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from [...]

30 Oct, 2017

BEIS requests responses on two new White Papers

By | October 30th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published two White Papers this month:   Customs Bill: legislating for the UK’s future customs, VAT and excise regimes 9 October https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/customs-bill-legislating-for-the-uks-future-customs-vat-and-excise-regimes Preparing for our future UK trade policy 9 October https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-our-future-uk-trade-policy   Input on these policies are welcomed to the following addresses: CustomsStakeholders@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk there is no deadline, but [...]

19 Oct, 2017

Innovation R&D loans to be piloted by Innovate UK

By | October 19th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Innovate UK is rolling out a pilot of innovation loans from the government. These loans provide low interest (3.7 per cent), flexible funding to SMEs in the later stages of R&D, which have clear plans to commercial success. Loans offered between £100,000 - £1 million. To introduce these exciting new innovation loans, the Knowledge Transfer [...]

2 Oct, 2017

Watch – Reinventing Plastics: Closing the Circle conference

By | October 2nd, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

The European Commission last week (26 September) held the Reinventing Plastics: Closing the Circle conference to explore issues and potential solutions to be proposed in the Commission's upcoming plastics strategy. This strategy intends to support and complement the existing acquis and tackle the interrelated problems of fossil feedstock dependence, recycling and reuse and plastics leakage into the [...]

29 Sep, 2017

Vegware launches Scotland-wide collections to boost food and compostable packaging recycling

By | September 29th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

BBIA member Vegware, the Edinburgh compostable packaging manufacturer, has launched ‘Close the Loop’, a new composting collection service for its catering disposables. This new service now means that composting collections are available to businesses across Scotland, taking used Vegware and food waste for industrial composting into high-grade horticultural compost. Launched to mark Recycle Week and [...]

28 Sep, 2017

New parliamentary committee membership announced

By | September 28th, 2017|Our news|0 Comments

Membership of Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) and Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee has been confirmed following the summer recess. The MPs named on the EAC, which has reopened its inquiry into disposable packaging, are as follows: Mary Creagh (Chair), Labour Dr Thérèse Coffey, Conservative Geraint Davies, Labour Zac Goldsmith, Conservative Caroline Lucas, [...]