Local cafés champion new service to compost disposables

Three Yorkshire cafés lead a campaign to get local businesses to use a new waste collection service for used compostable Vegware disposables. Opposite Cafe, Laynes Espresso and North Star Coffee Shop are keen to start composting their used Vegware. In 6-8 weeks, the waste is turned into compost for use on Yorkshire fields.

The new service offers a composting solution for used Vegware and food waste from cafés, offices, schools and universities in Leeds, York and Harrogate and the surrounding region. Used Vegware is collected by Forge Recycling and taken to The Maltings waste facility, a modified anaerobic digestion plant with a composting phase, near Leeds. Forge Recycling are the only Yorkshire-based ‘total’ waste recycling company who can offer this service.

Independent cafés champion composting Vegware

Independent cafés in Leeds are encouraging the local business community to use this service:

“Vegware have become synonymous with being an environmentally responsible brand”, states Holly Bowman, Director at North Star Coffee Shop. “It’s just brilliant that we can 100% be confident that waste is being dealt with in the right way.”

Laynes Espresso owner, Dave Olejnik, says, “We’ve always wanted the opportunity to be able to compost it. It’s great that Vegware have been able organise that. It’ll be a great thing for the city.”

Long time Vegware client Lou Henry, founder and owner of Opposite Cafe, started out with Vegware’s very first compostable spoons and increased her product range from there. Lou appeals to other independents, “I’d like to urge all small businesses in Leeds to use Vegware, to look up this scheme and join us.”

Are you a Yorkshire business looking to compost your Vegware? Get in touch!