ROUNDUP: Waste Works at the IFE 2015

n March nearly 30,000 attended the IFE, the UK’s largest International Food and Drink Event, in London.

But this year it had a special addition…Waste-Works.


New for 2015, the Waste-Works exhibition had an exciting line-up of leading technology company and services providers who are finding new ways to tackle waste, improve efficiencies and save money.

The event is unique in the UK and the first to all cover the full circle from farm to fork to fertiliser.

Talk and seminars took place throughout the event at ‘Waste-Works Live’ showcasing the work of companies and organisations  including FoodSave, an initiative to help London businesses save on food and money. Read our article to find out more about their work.

by Hollie Goodall

Finders Eaters was there to bring you the highlights….

Audio and video editing by Hollie Goodall

Photography by Su-Min Hwang

Click here to find out more about Waste Works and register for next year.

Waste-Works took place alongside IFE, the UK’s largest food & drink event and Pro2Pac, the UK’s only food & drink packaging event.

Over the course of four days, it saw an audience of over 30,000.

Area of focus included waste management/minimisation, waste storage/collection, reprocessors & recycling and renewable energy.

by Su-Min Hwang

Watch another version the audio slide show, giving the overview of the event:

Edited by Su-Min Hwang


LIVEBLOG: Compost Celebration and Giveaway

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Tomorrow we’ll be liveblogging from the Compost Celebration and Giveaway in Willesden.

As part of compost awareness month, West London Waste have teamed up with Brent Council’s waste and recycling partner, Veolia, to host this year’s giveaway.

We’ll be speaking to experts in Roundwood Park to get tips on composting, food recycling and reducing food waste at home.

10 tonnes of compost is due to be delivered and residents will be able to take home up to 100 litres free- but don’t forget to bring your spade!

Field to Fork, a North West London based cooperative committed to sustainable food production, will also be talking to us about their local, seasonal produce and plans to engage with the community by offering jobs and training to local people.

Read our liveblog here.

By Hollie Goodall

Here are some of the highlights:

  • 10 tonnes of compost were given out to the local residents at Roundwood Park in Willesden from 10am-3pm on Sunday 24th May.
  • The compost has been produced from garden and kitchen waste from different local authorities, including Harrow and Hounslow.
  • Experts from West London Waste and Keep Britain Tidy gave tips on composting and reducing food waste.
  • The day was also joined by Field to Fork Organics, who talked about their local seasonal produce and sharing advice on how to run your own allotment.
  • The next giveaway will be in Hounslow, from 10am-3pm on Saturday 30th May.

By Su-Min Hwang


Livebloggers: Su-Min and Hollie

Storify edited by Su-Min Hwang and Hollie Goodall

LIVEBLOG: The Calypso Dinner Exchange

Join our live coverage of The Calypso Dinner Exchange, a special pop-up event serving Caribbean inspired dishes, all the while rescuing vegetables that would have otherwise been wasted. Organised by Dinner Exchange, it generates debate around food waste and food distribution. We’ll be creating a tasty 4-course vegan menu with food surplus accompanied by organic, fair trade, and sustainable ingredients, bought from independent local suppliers. An amazing acoustic set by Calypsonian Alexander D Great will take us for a journey through the evolution of Calypso music.

By Su-Min Hwang

dinner exchange


  • Over 30 attended and money raised will be donated in support of food waste reduction
  • Diners enjoyed a cocktail and four course dinner of: mango and banana fritter; apple, celery and roasted veg soup; peas and rice with fried kale; and, the pièce de la résistance, the date, banana and coconut dessert
  • Alexander D Great entertained with live Calypso music. He will talk on Calypso music at the V&A museum at 14:30 on Thursday.
  • Brigida Marovelli announced Dinner Exchange will launch a weekly residency at Ombra Restaurant every Monday from 13th April

By Hollie Goodall

Live videos here:

Live streaming video by Ustream

Live bloggers: Su-Min and Hollie