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News round-up 9/6

Sainsbury’s partners with Google; Moy Park reaches goal; Bag levy ‘anti-competitive’; PVC recycler expands.

Sainsbury’s partners with Google to cut food waste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has launched an interactive mobile and online tool to cut food waste.

Developed in partnership with Google, the Sainsbury’s Food Rescue tool uses Google’s search technology to find the most relevant recipe based on leftover ingredients entered by users.

“We’ve created Sainsbury’s Food Rescue with Google to inspire people to turn the food items they already have into something delicious,” said Sainsbury’s marketing director Sarah Warby.

Zero waste to landfill for food group

UK food company Moy Park has announced it has reached its goal of sending zero waste to landfill across all 16 of its manufacturing sites and its agricultural base throughout the UK and Europe. HR director Europe Mike Mullan (photo above) said Moy Park had cut the waste to landfill amount from 80%to 0% in four years.

“This is an outstanding achievement for the company and further demonstrates our commitment to sustainable best practice. In reality many companies find it difficult to reach zero status, so this is genuinely exceptional. We are really proud of the team for their hard work, which has helped to position Moy Park as a leader in sustainability.”

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Bag levy ‘anti-competitive’

The British Plastics Federation has expressed strong opposition to the announcement of a 5p charge on plastic bags included in the Queen’s speech.

Philip Law, the BPF’s director general designate, said that the charge was “discriminatory and anti-competitive in the way that it singled out plastic bags”.

Press Release

PVC recycler acquires another site

PVC windows recycler VEKA Recycling has added a second collection and processing facility to its UK operation with the acquisition of family-run Trafford Services (Midlands) Ltd, for an undisclosed sum.

The Bilston site in the West Midlands adds 20,000 sq ft of weighbridge, processing and storage facilities to VEKA Recycling’s business. Post-industrial and post-consumer PVC window frame material is reduced in size and sent in 24-tonne loads to Kent where it is processed  for use in new goods.

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