It’s a confusing time in the world of compostables. There are varying rules about ‘what can go where’, and what packaging can be accepted at varying composting plants across the UK. Like all other waste streams in the UK, compostable packaging can be problematic when disposed of in the incorrect way. It doesn’t belong in your general waste, and it shouldn’t go in your recycling bin.

The best option is a commercial composting facility. ‘But where should I put your compostable packaging if there isn’t a collection bin or a commercial compost facility nearby?’ We hear you – So we’ve taken the complication out of where your compostable packaging goes. We created ‘The Full Package’, which encourages the collection and disposal of compostable packaging correctly.

Teaming up with cafes and restaurants across the city to produce the first public facing compost collection for both food waste and compostable packaging. The objective is to help decent packaging customers and the public divert more of their takeaway compostable packaging away from landfill. Not only showcasing that zero waste solutions do exist, but they’re easy to implement with the right collaboration.

Full Package collection bins are being placed out the front of cafe and restaurant sites, enabling anyone who has compostable packaging a place where they can dispose of it and trust it is being composted. For cafes and restaurants, it’s simple, they clear the public facing compostable packaging bin when it fills up and put it out for collection by First Mile. 

The waste is then taken for sorting at First Miles award-winning "Sacktory", which runs on 100% renewable energy, before being delivered to Severn Trent composting facilities who divert over 120,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfill each year. 

After going through an autoclave at high pressure with temperatures that exceed 160 degrees, the finished product is nutrient–rich compost and organic fertilisers which are used by farmers, gardeners and local communities, closing the loop on this waste stream. 

Any biogas created as a bi-product of this process is used to generate power for the National Grid. 

For this to work, we need complete collaboration between all parties involved. Any participating café will need to accept compostable packaging that may have come from another café, coffee roaster or supplier. We want these bins to be on every street corner and we want to make it as easy as possible for everyone to correctly dispose of their packaging waste.


Want to get the Full Package solution for your café or restaurant?
Get a quote from First Mile:
Contact your decent packaging account manager to get set up. 

Details required to set up customer:  

  • First Name, Last name 
  • Email address 
  • Site contact number 
  • Company name 
  • Physical address(s) 
  • Industry 

Or you can call 0333 300 3448 

  • Service coverage in London and Birmingham, with courier collections available Nationwide:
  • Sack collection: £24.96 per roll (25 sacks per roll, 89 x 74cm ) up to 5kg 
  • 1100Ltr Wheelie Bin: £9.24 per lift (Up to 35kg) 
  • Courier collection box: (outside of London. Return packaging in any box with dimensions 41x30x30cm for £10). 

All rates above are exclusive of VAT.




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