Reducing plastics: resources for food businesses

Reducing plastics: resources for food businesses

Tackling society’s throwaway, excessive or unnecessary plastics has been a priority for many food businesses recently, and rightly so. We held an event for food businesses to share best practice from local and national organisations leading the way on this issue. The European Parliament has approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and stirrers which will be phased out across the EU by 2021.

There are a few key things that most businesses can do to make a significant difference by following the waste mantra: remove and reduce, promote reuse, and recycle.

Prioritise refill and reuse

Get recycling right

  • If you’ve invested in disposables made of bio-plastic, talk to your waste management supplier about separating and disposing of them effectively – putting them in with your mixed waste stream is not the right place.
  • Join a scheme to recycle any disposable coffee cups, for example Cup Neutral, Paper Round or Simply Cups.

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