Reducing plastic tips for Caterers

if you are a catering business or if you have catering on-site

Food stall
© Patrick Joel
  1. Reduce take-away single-use bags, encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags or containers
  2. Try not to use polystyrene or single-use plastic in any take-away packaging
  3. Provide washable/reusable cutlery and tableware
  4. Provide stations on every floor of the building so that if people use metal cutlery, it can be deposited and taken at a set time each day to be washed (this can help to stop cutlery go missing or accumulating at people’s desks)
  5. Supply reusable, refillable cups, offer a reward scheme for bringing cups back for recycling and/or refilling
  6. Single-use bottles, cans
    1. agree to offer your customers free tap water refills and ensure this information is clearly displayed - display posters, encourage customers to bring their own reusable bottles
    2. recycle everything else
  7. Don’t use plastic straws - provide reusable alternatives available only on request, with an explanation as to why, more info here
  8. Condiments – provide refillable salt, pepper and other condiment containers

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Return to Plastic-free business

Actions you can take

  1. Join a beach clean
  2. Download our 'Living without single-use Plastic' guide
  3. Join the Plastic Challenge
  4. Learn about Deposit Return Systems

Did you know?…

Over time, one plastic bottle bobbing along in the ocean can break down in to hundreds of tiny plastic pieces

Plastic has been found in the stomachs of almost all marine species including fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles

Since the carrier bag charge came in across the UK, the Great British Beach Clean has recorded almost 50% fewer bags on beaches