Efforts are being made to reduce the environmental impact of the 2012 London Olympics, the NNFCC has even gone as far as to say that they are dedicated to seeing the first ever zero waste Games.
Following talks with the NNFCC, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympics Games (LOCOG) has made the decision to use food packaging made from plant starch and cellulose. Not only are these materials made from renewable sources but they are fully biodegradable.
Dr John Williams, head of materials for the NNFCC said: “Compostable packaging is idea for events like [the] Olympics because packaging contaminated with food can be composted together, helping to cut waste and generate valuable revenue.”
Drink cartons, sandwich boxes and fast food wrappers will all have the green makeovers as well as being fully compliant with EN 13432, the agreed European Standard for compostability. All packaging will be clearly labelled with an orange recycling symbol and should be put in the corresponding orange bin, along with any food waste.
The success of this scheme has yet to be seen, however, the real test will be whether or not this idea can become common place throughout all cities, helping them to become greener and cleaner.