Quite simply, compostable packaging is packaging which is made from plant-based, recycled materials which, when processed correctly, can be returned to earth as compost or soil improver. It provides an environmentally friendly alternative to single use plastic.
Envar is in the unique position to be able to process compostable packaging through its in-vessel composting systems. With the drive to reduce single use plastics, a growing number of food packaging and catering disposables are compostable, made from plants using renewable, lower carbon, or recycled materials.
Our sister company Countrystyle Recycling offers a collection service around East Anglia and the South East and we work in partnership with waste management companies to service other areas in the UK.
We have an extremely close relationship with compostable packaging manufacturers to provide a dedicated closed loop solution for the successful composting of this material and participate in joint initiatives to reduce contamination through this new waste stream.
Compostable food packaging is another way we can reduce the use of single use plastics and help to improve the health of our planet. The compost we produce from the packaging can be used to nourish soil with a slow release of vital nutrients needed for healthy soil health and increased crop yields.
Case Study – Cambridge BID
Many food retailers in Cambridge city centre use compostable packaging for their takeaway meals however without having the appropriate bins and waste collection this packaging was going to landfill.
Envar and Countrystyle Recycling, in partnership with Cambridge BID have come up with a solution. Four new public bins have been installed specifically for food waste and compostable packaging, providing a much-needed solution for recycling compostable food packaging and food waste in the city centre.
Countrystyle will collect the waste and take it to Envar’s in-vessel composting facility where it will be processed to create compost.
We only process the following compostable products that conform to the criteria within BS EN 13432, BS EN 14995 and ASTM D6400 certifications.
- Biodegradable Polymers
- Other products made of such material