Sodexo has pressed ahead on its commitment to reducing single-use plastic items by replacing five items with sustainable alternatives.
The company will now provide only wood, paper, cardboard or fibre-based takeaway bags, straws, plates, cutlery and stirrers at all appropriate foodservice sites. Exceptions are currently being made for its justice and healthcare sites where alternative options are not always adequate for medical reasons or security concerns.
Simon Mussett, head of waste management at Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “In the UK and Ireland we began the phasing out of these products in May 2018 with the removal of plastic straws and stirrers, this was followed in January 2020 with the banning of purchasing polystyrene and single-use plastic bags.
“Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic the purchase of some polystyrene items was permitted, but we are pleased that from the beginning of this month we have renewed our commitment and focus on eliminating the use of these products at all sites where we can.
“This is a positive step for Sodexo in our fight to tackle unnecessary waste and by eliminating the use of single-use plastic variations of these five items and single-use polystyrene we will remove some 38 million single-use plastic items.”