Sodexo in the UK and Ireland has banned the purchase of all plastic straws and stirrers, and committed to phase out single use plastic bags and polystyrene foam items such as cups, lids and food containers by 2020.
Sodexo acknowledges that waste is one of its biggest collective challenges. Through its Better Tomorrow 2025 corporate responsibility roadmap Sodexo has identified waste as one of areas it wants to make significant progress and in the UK and Ireland has made a commitment to ensure 70 per cent of its waste is recycled or reused by 2020, rising to 90 per cent by 2025.
Edwina Hughes, Corporate Responsibility Director, Sodexo UK & Ireland commented: “We accept that the challenge single use plastics presents is large, and we will continue to scrutinise their use in our business and how we manage the waste to ensure we are doing all we can to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment.
“Prevention is a key step in addressing this issue and we will always endeavour to prevent waste where we can. However, where disposables are still necessary we will encourage the use of an environmentally friendly alternative. Any improvements we can make, we will make.”
This latest move builds on Sodexo’s work on reducing the volume of single use plastics. Last year Sodexo became a supply chain member of the Simply Cups scheme, the UK’s only collection and recycling service dedicated to turning paper and plastic cups into second-life material.
Protecting our oceans from plastics has been a major headline of late and really crucial to ensure we do not harm our environment. At Facilities Show 2018 you will be able to meet with suppliers to discuss exactly how they are leading the way in the industry, some big names include Viridor Waste Management, Method Recycling, AnyJunk and Grundon Waste Management. Join them on 19th – 21st June at Excel London by clicking here.