Vegware hits composting landmark with its waste collections

Scottish packaging company Vegware has hit a new milestone with its waste collections. Close the Loop, the brand’s trade waste collections for central belt Scotland, composted 10,000 binloads of used Vegware packaging and food waste in 2023. The service collects used Vegware packaging and food waste from over 50 sites, including Glasgow Science Centre, Fife College and Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth, before turning it into high-grade compost in under 12 weeks.

For Vegware’s in-house waste management consultants, achieving 10,000 binloads in a year is a significant accomplishment. It demonstrates the demand and viability of UK compostable packaging waste collections and confirms Vegware’s position as an expert in end-of-life solutions.

In addition to diverting compostable waste from landfill, Close the Loop, the service provided by Vegware, offers Scottish food services a solution to a global environmental problem: food waste.

According to, 9.5 million tonnes of food waste is generated in the UK every year, with the vast majority ending up in landfill. The Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) notes that food waste sent to landfill accounts for 8% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions and 31% of methane emissions. Instead, Close the Loop turns compostable waste into high-grade compost and returns essential nutrients to the earth.

Vegware’s waste management consultant, Phoebe Russell, who oversees Close the Loop, said: “Reaching 10,000 binloads of compostable packaging and food waste is an important milestone for our waste services. Last year took the service into a new era, with a rebrand, expansion of the coverage and a landmark amount of bins sent to compost. It shows that composting collections work and that Vegware can provide real results.”

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