Compostable packaging specialists and BBIA member Vegware has revealed its continuous growth since it began in June 2017 ahead of the 3rd Global Recycling Day (18 March).

Between June 2017 and the end of 2019, the Edinburgh-based company’s Close the Loop composting collection service has composted the equivalent of 16.8 million disposable coffee cups, while the company’s sales have doubled in the last two years, with exports now accounting for a third of all sales.

Vegware’s range of over 350 plant-based catering disposables can be industrially composed and Vegware’s Close the Loop collection service ensures that businesses are able to deal with these disposables sustainably.

Annalise Matthews, Vegware’s Waste Management Consultant, said: “We believe that every foodservice business should have access to composting. With Vegware’s Close the Loop service, our clients get piece of mind, knowing that their waste is being processed correctly. It’s a win-win.”  

There are now Vegware-approved trade composting collections for 70 per cent of the populated areas within the UK, including Oxford, Cambridge, Reading, Guildford, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, York, Nottingham, Shropshire, the Isle of Man, most of Northern Ireland, and a pilot scheme in London. 

To keep up with product demand, Vegware’s Edinburgh headquarters has grown and expanded into the building next door, a 4,000sq ft property on Edinburgh’s illustrious Melville Street, an avenue for business and development in the West End. Vegware moved to its first Melville Street property in February 2018 when its staff numbers outgrew their previous premises in neighbouring Polwarth. 

This space expansion joins Vegware’s three warehouses, situated in mainland Europe, the UK and the US. These hubs service Vegware clients in 70 countries worldwide.