News in Brief – 29/09/2022

New ‘food rescue’ scheme in West Sussex hopes to reduce food waste

Food wasteA new ‘food rescue’ pilot scheme in West Sussex will begin in October to help people reduce food waste. District and borough councils have partnered with UKHarvest to introduce the scheme which will run for six months in Bognor Regis, Crawley (Broadfield area), and Southwick (in Adur).

The selected areas were chosen due to studies which showed residual rubbish bins contained an average of 40 per cent food waste, the highest locally.

A UKHarvest Community Food Hub will be held in each area once a month. Attendees will be able to choose from a wide selection of surplus foods for a voluntary donation of £3.50.

Education on ways to reduce food waste will also be arranged, such as how to use up leftovers, batch cooking, or using a slow cooker.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “We want to break down common misconceptions about food rescue services as opposed to food banks and explain that they can be used by anyone, no matter what your circumstances are.

“While food banks provide an important service to those with the highest levels of need, surplus food rescue services remove food from the supply chain that might otherwise have gone to waste.

“This not only reduces the environmental impact of food production, but it also saves people money which is vitally important for everyone in light of the current cost of living challenges we all face.”

Recolight hosts UK’s first sustainability conference for lighting held in London

Last week (22 September 2022), Recolight hosted the UK’s first sustainability conference for lighting in London. The ‘Circular Lighting Live’ conference aimed to discuss how the lighting industry can contribute to the circular economy.

250 attendees registered for the one-day conference and included specifiers, manufacturers and suppliers. The host of the event, Recolight, is a UK WEEE compliance scheme.

Presentations were held on upcoming UK and EU legislation and different environmental metrics, such as assessments of circularity (TM66), embodied carbon, environmental product declarations, and life cycle assessments. Discussions were hosted on the encouragement of remanufacturing and reuse in the sector.

TM66 was highlighted across the conference as an increasingly helpful tool to help specifiers identify lighting products that suit the needs of the circular economy.

Supplier exhibitions included a 3D printing demonstration from sponsor Signify and stands from ASD Lighting, DW Windsor, and more.

Nigel Harvey, Recolight CEO, said: “We have been thrilled by the level of energy and commitment expressed during Circular Lighting Live.  It really does seem that we all get it: The really significant changes we need to make to address the climate crisis, and to improve material efficiency.”

“We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback. So we’ve already announced that Circular Lighting Live 2023 will take place on 21 September 2023.  We will be at a bigger venue, so we will be able to welcome many more delegates and sponsors.

Surrey: Households could save £700 annually by cutting down on food waste

Research from WRAP has shown that households could save up to £700 annually by cutting down on food waste.

It is calculated that Britain throws away 4.5 million tonnes of edible food each year. The total cost of wasted food is approximately £14 billion which works out to £60 a week for the average family.

Following this study, the Surrey Environment Partnership (SEP) has published a series of top tips to show ways in which residents can cut down on food waste. These include planning meals in advance, storing food properly, and understanding portioning to avoid cooking too much food. The partnership is also encouraging residents to make use of food waste collection services when food cannot be eaten.

Marisa Heath, Chair Councillor of SEP, said: “No food needs to go to waste in Surrey.

“By making small changes to our daily habits and continuing to recycle any food that cannot be eaten, Surrey residents are able to help make savings while also protecting the planet for future generations.”

For more information go to the SEP website