Elior has published a new Plastics Policy setting out a wide-ranging plan of action to tackle single-use plastic across the leading contract caterer’s entire operations. The move will see single-use plastic straws and stirrers being banned from 31st July 2018 and 30th September 2018 respectively. The move is expected to see annual consumption of more than 1m plastic straws disappear from Elior sites practically overnight.
Catherine Roe, chief executive of Elior UK, said: “The catering industry’s widespread use of disposable plastics – which rarely end up being recycled correctly – is of growing concern to us. Our new policy tackles the issue head-on and lays out a three-year plan to achieve a sharp reduction in the volume of single-use of plastics in our supply chain and operations.”
The plan also outlines measures to drastically reduce the use of disposable cups, cutlery and food containers by expanding the contract caterer’s return and reuse schemes. In instances where reuse isn’t practical, a wide range of disposable products made from plant-based, compostable materials have been made available to sites.
Elior is also working with suppliers to reduce all packaging, not just products made from plastic.