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Binit Boosts the South-West Circular Economy by Joining the KeyKeg Return Network

Exeter’s Binit Launch Empty-KeyKeg Collections Across the Region to Further Improve Hospitality-Industry Sustainability

EXETER, DEVON. Tuesday, 29 November 2022Recycling expert Binit promotes waste as a valuable ‘resource in the wrong place’, which the Binit team then help South-West businesses return to the right place: the circular economy. To support these sustainability ambitions, Binit is now rolling out empty-KeyKeg collections from its base in Clyst Honiton, near Exeter, as well as arranging convenient drop-off points across the region.

KeyKegs are beer, wine and other beverage Kegs produced by OneCircle that are sustainable and designed for circularity; once empty, they can be returned for processing to recover the actual raw materials used to produce new KeyKegs. By returning all their empty KeyKegs through Binit, hospitality professionals from Bristol to Devon, Somerset to Cornwall, and everywhere in between, can help protect the environment. As more empty Kegs are collected, the amount of recycled material in each new KeyKeg will steadily increase, which conserves precious natural resources.

Binit does more than help industry ‘waste nothing’; it thinks beyond the bin to offer customers a unique, optimised service and consultancy, helping them better understand their waste-management profile. Tracking waste through ongoing audits also brings customer net-zero emissions within reach.

Binit is well-positioned in the recycling market to meet the growing need for smart waste-management solutions that maximise sustainability and strengthen the circular economy. The empty-KeyKeg return partnership with OneCircle, for example, responds to ongoing requests from pubs, bars, breweries and other hospitality businesses for KeyKeg closed-loop recycling in the South West.

Philippa Roberts, Co-founder and CEO, Binit: “Binit believes a circular economy is the only way to bring about a shared, prosperous future that is not damaging to the planet. We aim to keep materials circulating at their highest value for as long as possible and this means getting them back into the right supply chain. Our partnership with KeyKeg in the South West does just that.”

Binit minimises its carbon footprint by using other businesses’ vehicles to collect empty Kegs – it has no fleet of its own. It then assembles, crushes and bundles the empty Kegs into bales for OneCircle to collect. OneCircle shreds, separates and sorts the different plastics on an automatic recycling line to recover the raw materials. As much circular material as possible is used to produce new KeyKeg parts, while the remainder is recycled for other uses.

Contact Binit: home@binituk.com | 01392 247035

living wage anniversary!

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Binit are proud to be one of the 11,000 employers in the UK providing a real Living Wage for our staff. Today we celebrate our anniversary of committing to the Living Wage! Read more on how you can become a part of the movement and its benefits via the Living Wage Foundation website.

the binit waste nothing award

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At Binit, we aim to waste nothing. In part of this, we want to commend our customers who recycle with us and produce limited waste. This month, we have joint winners The Zero Waste Shop and The Bottle Shop, both of which happen to be located in Moretonhampstead!

🚮Did you know? Recycling is cheaper than rubbish! It can help cut costs for your business and do good for the planet.

If you would like to know more about what you can recycle or how we can help you to improve your recycling rate, email us at home@binituk.com or call us at 01392 247035.

zero waste awards

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Binit scored a fantastic 4* in the Zero Waste Awards run by letsrecycle.com under the category for Waste and Recycling. The awards were assessed by how we carry out the following: Waste Prevention, Reuse, Recycling & Composting and Energy Recovery.


Binit are a next generation tech-led waste and recycling company. We operate on an Uber-model where we own the bins and use the existing vehicle network to reduce vehicle movement in cities. We keep streets tidy from bags of waste with our communal bin stores and have a web-based app where customers can monitor the fullness of their bins.

In collaboration with InExeter, Binit deliver carbon-neutral collections for small WEEE items to businesses in their district. By providing this service we have increased accessibility and awareness for businesses to recycle their used electrical goods and request pick-ups on demand, with as little as 24 hours’ notice for over four years. 600+ businesses are entitled to four free WEEE bag collections per year. Items are collected from businesses and delivered to a WEEE bulking collection point in the city centre, reducing vehicle movement. The collection and deliveries are fulfilled by Binit partner, Co-Delivery, an electric cargo bike delivery service which emits zero emissions.

With one-off clearances, if there are usable furniture, fabric, or other materials, we offer them to our not-for profit customers or organisations first before choosing to recycle. All of the furniture in the Binit office comes from office clearances which we have done in the past.


Binit actively encourage customers to have segregated recycling in order to retain the value of materials to be recycled. In July, Binit’s recycling rate was 49%. We currently offer recycling for food waste, WEEE, card, paper, mixed recycling, glass, plastic and tins and TetraPak. We are also the exclusive South West partners for KeyKeg for KeyKeg recycling.


All of our food waste are sent to anaerobic digesters and any non-recyclable waste goes to energy from waste plants that feed energy back to the grid. We do not send anything to landfill. If you would like to know more, do email us at home@binituk.com or give us a ring at 01392 247035.

Big Data LDN: Mission to the Dataverse!

At Binit, we love data. We like to collect as much as possible on our rubbish and recycling collections and use it to reduce the impact of our customers’ waste on the environment. We’re also developing tech for our bins so that we can measure fullness as well as weight, which will help us understand our customers’ waste generation even better and help us to reduce vehicle movements.

So, as Binit’s Data Analyst apprentice I really enjoyed attending this year’s Big Data LDN, a 2-day event held at London’s Kensington Olympia showcasing the cutting edge of the data world with exhibitions and seminars from some of the leading people and businesses in the UK.

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Being a bit nerdy about recycling too, on day 1 my eyes were immediately drawn to the bins! I’m pleased to report that the event source-segregated rubbish, coffee cups and lids, recycling and food. So, a good start!

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Next, I was particularly interested to hear about How Data Discovery and Stewardship met GDPR Compliance. As a business, we understand how important it is to protect our customers’ information, but as we collect more, we must make sure our systems and processes keep pace with our growth and often-changing regulations. Did you know the maximum fine for a GDPR breach is £18 million?

Also of interest was Turbo Charging your Data Transformation. Each month, I receive lots of data in all kinds of formats. Cleaning that data to make it useable and useful for our customers is a time-consuming process. It was fascinating to hear how large businesses are using tech to speed up this process, albeit with a lot more data than me. As we grow, automating our data transformation will become increasingly important.

The event was recommended by my tutors at Exeter College. It was really good to spend some time with my fellow apprentices, as well as lots of discussion with event exhibitors and lots of seminars. I must admit that a lot of what I was hearing I knew very little about and found it somewhat hard to follow, but I was certainly inspired by the excitement and ambition surrounding the world of data. It also brought it home to me how important data is to businesses no matter their size, from Binit with our six employees in Exeter to Microsoft with its thousands worldwide.

Day 2 was a little less hectic, and I was really interested to hear a panel debate on The Rise of the Data Engineer and fascinating seminars about predictive analytics, otherwise known as Machine Learning, before settling in for the headline act.

You may have heard of Matt Parker, otherwise known as the stand-up mathematician. He likes to tell funny (and very interesting!) stories about mathematical mistakes that cause all sorts of real-world problems. His talk, entitled When Spreadsheets Attack! included a story about some rather iffy advertising; 40,312 Possible Combinations. I’ll leave you to work out how many combos you can make from 8 McDonalds menu items!

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I’m already looking forward to Big Data LDN 2023, and after a year of learning about data analysis I’m sure it will be even more valuable. In the meantime, I’ll be going over some of the seminars on the event’s YouTube channel.

somerset business climate summit 2022

Binit were pleased to be invited to exhibit and attend the second Somerset Business Climate Summit on 21st September 2022. We heard from brilliant businesses; The Field Works, South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS) ,Thatcher’s Cider, New Leaf Design, My Carbon Coach and Trees for Good Causes. The event was positive and uplifting as businesses shared with each other methods of best practice and encouragement of how we can help each other towards achieving our Net Zero journey.

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Ed from Trees for Good Causes and Tim from My Carbon Coach

Here our takeaways:

  1. Start Small: It can be overwhelming to undertake a large project to change your business or personal practices. Focus on one aspect you would like to improve on, like producing less waste.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help: If you have something specific in mind, there is always a person or another business that can help. For waste management and consultancy, you can ask us. If you’d like to off-set your carbon footprint locally, plant a tree with Trees for Good Causes. If you are looking for resources, check out the Small Business Sustainability Hub by FSB. There are many more resources out there and someone will be able to guide you in the direction that you would like to take.
  3. It takes time: Most businesses are setting goals of what year they would like to achieve Net Zero, but like all good things, it takes time. Go at it at your own pace. (We are personally aiming for 2030).
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We will next be exhibiting and speaking at Exeter Science Park’s First Net Zero Carbon Conference, Thursday 29th September 2022 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

preserving the ozone layer

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Today is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The ozone layer is a layer of gas that protects the Earth from harmful radiation from the Sun by absorbing up to 98% of all harmful ultraviolet rays. The ozone also regulates the temperature of the Earth, keeping our planet from overheating or freezing. It wasn’t until the late 1970s when scientists discovered that human activity was contributing to the destruction of the ozone layer. A hole in the ozone layer was caused by ozone-depleting gases, found in air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers. This depletion has caused, for example, the destruction of ecosystems, and increased the risk of skin cancer in humans.

In 1994, the United Nations declared 16th September as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer and since then, countries all over the world have been trying to eliminate 99% of all ozone-depleting substances. If all goes according to plan, the Earth could restore the ozone layer to its 1980s level by 2050. We can achieve this by getting our electronic appliances serviced routinely, discarding old appliances that could be emitting ozone-depleting gases, swapping unnecessary vehicle use with walks and bicycles and sharing lifts with co-workers and friends.

Information from <https://nationaltoday.com/international-day-for-the-preservation-of-the-ozone-layer/>

how to turn plastic bottles into planters

Turn those pesky plastic bottles into planters in five simple steps!

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first you’ll need:

  • Used Plastic Bottle
  • Scissors
  • Plant of your choice
  • Paint and paint brushes (optional/to decorate)

now let’s get started! 

  1. Wash your plastic bottle and cut it in half
  1. Recycle the top half of the bottle and paint to decorate (optional)
  1. Poke holes in the bottom to allow water drainage 
  1. Repot your plant into your new planter
  1. Watch your plant grow!

Around 80% of plastic bottles never get recycled so this is a great way to get innovative and reuse those plastic bottles for something new.

where does my food waste go?

Have you ever wondered what happens to your food waste? In this post, we’ll be telling you about the process of anaerobic digestion and explain how your food waste can be used to power and heat your own home.

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Diagram from Keenan Recycling Ltd.

Stage 1: Food Processing

First, after collecting your food waste, it is transported and macerated into a pulp which is then heated to 70°C to kill all the pathogens.

Stage 2: Anaerobic Digestion

The pulp is pumped into large tanks (called digesters) which contain cultures of anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria digest the waste over approximately 55 days.

Stage 3: The Production of Biogas

The process of anaerobic digestion produces biogas which is 60% methane and 40% carbon dioxide. This is ready to be used as liquid bio-fertiliser.

Stage 4: Energy Production

The energy stored in the biogas is converted into electricity and heat, and biomethane which is used as vehicle fuel.

Stage 5: Circular Economy

Therefore, your food waste can be used as fertiliser, vehicle fuel and used to heat and power your own homes.

And there you have it! I hope this will encourage you to collect your food waste, and if you ever need a food waste bin and collection service, feel free to contact us at home@binituk.com or phone us on 01392 247035

[All information from Andigestion]