News in Brief – 08/10/21

Biffa announces launch of Feminine Fit PPE range

Biffa workerBiffa has launched a line of ‘Feminine Fit’ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for its workers.

The design was tailored in partnership with Swift 360 in order to fit a feminine body shape, whilst still providing the same level of protection as standard-issue uniform, the recycling company states.

The concept behind the range was conceived in Biffa’s Women in Waste (WiW) group, which was set up, in part, to support and develop female roles within the business. Biffa has also set itself a target to increase the diversity of its workplace, including a higher percentage of women in senior management roles by 2025.

Jane Pateman, HR Director at Biffa, commented: “Traditionally PPE is designed for men, which was one of the issues raised in our first WiW meeting. By introducing our ‘Feminine Fit’ range, we can meet the needs of our whole workforce, ensuring we support diversity and inclusion across the business.”

Abigail Levy, Key Account Manager at Swift, added: “Women’s PPE has been a passion project for us and we feel privileged to collaborate with a customer who is at the forefront of inclusivity and diversity. It has been a pleasure to work with Biffa so closely on the Feminine Fit Range, sourcing and developing products specifically for their employees. We look forward to further supporting Biffa with these important next steps towards equality in the workplace.” 

Joseph Doherty appointed to Advisory Committee on Packaging

Joseph Doherty, Managing Director of Re-Gen Waste, has been appointed to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) Advisory Committee on Packaging (ACP). Doherty’s appointment runs until 31 December 2023.

ACP brings together industry insight, with a specific interest in packaging and packaging waste, including businesses that have legal obligations under the Producer Responsibility Obligations.

It advises and makes recommendations to the UK Government to assist with policy development on packaging reuse, recovery and recycling. It also looks at the possibilities in maximising the economic, environmental and social benefits of the reuse, recycling and recovery of packaging waste and EU requirements that apply.

Deep Sagar, Chair of the ACP, commented: "I was happy Joseph accepted this appointment. Joseph has long and deep experience that will help us, especially to do with waste collection and recycling. He will bring insights around Northern Ireland to round off the committee's expertise.

“Our job is to combine views from packaging, waste and recycling industries with those of local authorities so that policies of all four UK administrations are appropriate. Joseph's hands-on knowledge will be very valuable."

Doherty said: “I’m honoured to join the Advisory Committee on Packaging and thank Deep for making me welcome. Finding out about developments across the UK has been enlightening and we’ve seen the same advances replicated in our business in Newry. I’m looking forward to providing advice and information to the Committee.”

Food and drink waste reduction systems used in only 42 per cent of UK pubs, says survey

A new survey into food and drink waste in the pub sector has found that less than half of all UK pubs have stock management systems in place to reduce their food and drink waste.

Commissioned by Too Good to Go, the survey also revealed that almost half of UK pubs (44 per cent) are not aware of how much food they waste each day. However, more than two thirds (43 per cent) allow their staff to take surplus food and drink home with them to reduce waste.

The survey found that only 48 per cent of respondents consider beer and cider as food waste in their pubs, despite it being the most likely item to go to waste – 54 per cent of respondents admitted to throwing away surplus beer and cider.

Almost half (46 per cent) of all pub employees polled cited the short shelf life of products as the main reason for food and drink waste in pubs, closely followed by spoilage (44 per cent), and unpredictable fluctuations in customer footfall (28 per cent).

The survey showed how food and drink waste is impacting those that work in the pub sector, with 86 per cent of respondents saying that they worry about the environmental impact of how much food and drink they waste as a business, 84 per cent being concerned on a financial level, and 70 per cent stating that they are concerned about how wasting food and drink is impacting their team morale.

In light of this, the findings also show that three quarters (74.4 per cent) of UK pubs would be likely to implement a solution that allowed them to reduce food and drink waste in their pub, while recovering costs and meeting new customers.

Paschalis Loucaides, UK Managing Director, Too Good To Go, said: “Our research has shown that UK pubs care deeply about not wasting food and drink, but current practises in the sector are seemingly taking their toll. Throwing away food and drink not only costs businesses time and resources, but it also affects staff morale and of course, it’s impacting our planet too - food waste contributes 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

“By introducing food and drink waste strategies into operation guidelines, adopting new training programmes, and implementing technology solutions to minimise both food and drink waste, the UK pub sector can make a huge difference to reducing our nation’s food waste footprint.”