The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s new Upstream Innovation guide features our compostable packaging collections with Paper Round. We’re highlighted as a circular economy solution for plastic, as London and Brighton’s first large-scale collection service for compostable packaging.
Pioneering composting solutions
Now in its sixth month, our full service provides foodservice businesses with a practical waste management solution for catering disposables, which otherwise lack a quality recycling option. The service advances foodservice sustainability at a time when hygiene concerns are resulting in increased use of disposables.
Education and engagement
We focus on education as a key tool for best practice and to prevent contamination of our compostable waste stream. Our route was officially launched in May 2020, following a 12-month pilot scheme at a dozen London sites – read more here.
Bill Swan, Paper Round’s Managing Director added, “Our trials uncovered the importance of engagement and education to keep contamination levels low. Before launching a composting service, we wanted to make sure that we had a system that would deliver a viable waste stream for processors. After testing with a range of customer types we are now confident that this is possible.”
From cup to compost
Our partnership offers a full service of both setting up and monitoring the implementation of compostable materials to ensure a best practice system, as well as handling the collection and hauling to an in-vessel composting facility, enVar, Cambridgeshire, where it is transformed into compost in a seven-week cycle.
“The success of our trial with Vegware and Paper Round allows us to make a significant step forward in achieving sustainability targets, especially in this difficult time when we need to rely so much on disposable packaging to deliver safe take-away food for our customers. We are very proud to be part of the trial and congratulations to Vegware and Paper Round for pioneering the compostable mission at this important time.”
“This is an important partnership for us. Waste is one of our biggest collective challenges. We know that prevention is a key step in addressing it and we will always look to prevent waste where we can. We know that food service is going to see an increased demand for disposable packaging as workplaces start to reopen and this partnership is an important step in alleviating the impact this will have on the environment and our sustainability efforts.”
“We were excited to take part in this collection trial with Vegware and Paper Round. At last there is a potential solution to process compostable Vegware waste in a closed loop. We are very pleased that the trial has been a success and that composting will now be available to all our London business. We are anticipating an increase in the use of disposables as a result of CVD-19 and will do everything we can to mitigate any environmental impact. We fully support this initiative to engage more of our clients to convert their waste streams to this compostable solution.”
“Once we were able to join the scheme and create the right waste pattern for the people to follow, making it easy for all to sort their waste properly, the response was exceedingly positive. I think it’s an easy thing to institute and brings a real sense of satisfaction to the end user.”
“At last, a service that allows our film and TV customers to support the circular economy when it comes to dealing with their used compostables. We were so excited to find it!”
“We are proud to have our partnership with Paper Round included in the Upstream Innovation guide. This publication is a timely reminder that businesses are already working to provide practical, large-scale solutions to the challenge of foodservice waste management. In the current environment disposables are in greater demand than ever, we are delighted to be highlighted as an example, rethinking the packaging business model,” shared our Environmental and Communications Director Lucy Frankel.
Upstream innovation is about preventing waste from being created in the first place. The guide provides the necessary tools and over 100 case studies from companies across a range of sectors. It aims to inspire and empower others to take action on upstream innovation and achieve a circular economy for plastic in which plastic stays in the economy and out of the environment.
Find our case study on p147 of the full Upstream Innovation guide – plastics.emf.org/upstream