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A free service set up to help UK operators achieve zero food waste is being “relaunched” this month, the company behind it has confirmed.

The Food Waste Network initiative, which is the brainchild of eco packaging firm Vegware, will be refreshed in time for the Waste-Works event taking place in London at the end of March.

The initiative maps and monitors all UK food waste recycling services, including collection routes by postcode, all commercial and industrial processing facilities and on-site food waste systems. Its online system will match any UK business with its ideal food waste recycling.

With landfill gate fees at £102 compared to £43 for organics, thousands of UK businesses are introducing food waste recycling in a bid to boost sustainability and avoid landfill tax.

Furthermore, zero waste legislation in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales requires food businesses to introduce separate food waste recycling.

The Food Waste Network was initiated by Vegware as a way of understanding disposal routes for its compostable packaging, but has widened its remit to understand and advise on all food waste recycling for any business. Assistance can be given on multiple levels, from initial matchmaking to full consultancy.

Services include educational resources to demystify recycling, advice on practicalities like effective bin signage and original research testing zero waste theories in practice.

Project manager, Eilidh Brunton, said: “We started building our knowledge capital and data systems in summer 2012, and we now have the most complete picture of the UK organics sector available.

“We are marking the relaunch at Waste-Works 2015 with a top level round table discussion on barriers to zero waste in foodservice. We want to facilitate partnerships between the foodservice and waste sectors, and make zero waste achievable for all.”

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