Huhtamaki UK has announced that it has successfully fully composted its BioWare paper cups.
Working with open air composting company, The Woodhorn Group, Huhtamaki's paperboard material was effectively turned into compost and has achieved the required PAS100 certification.
The PAS100 specification has been prepared by the British Standards Institution (BSI) which built on the existing AFOR "Standards for Compost" scheme. The accreditation gives consumers confidence that their compost is safe, reliable and of the highest quality.
Neil Whittall, Huhtamaki's commercial and contracts director, said: "Huhtamaki UK is delighted to have achieved the PAS100 accreditation and we are looking forward to increasing our composting output and encouraging our stakeholders to participate where possible. We are also looking forward to further exciting sustainability projects throughout 2013 and beyond."
Morgan Davies from the Woodhorn Group explained how the composting process works: "To create this compost we first shredded the paper cups supplied by Huhtamaki. We then mixed them with green and vegetation waste. This was followed by two weeks' sanitisation with every day checks, then 10 weeks' stabilisation with weekly monitoring, before the final PAS100 assessment.
It is great that this compost has attained the PAS100 certification and the Huhtamaki BioWare cups have been turned into fully functional compost.
"It is encouraging that businesses such as Huhtamaki UK are leading the way when it comes to carrying out sustainable practices. They are a great example to British manufacturers and we would urge other businesses to consider how they could work more sustainably. We very much look forward to working with Huhtamaki again in the future."