Tip of the Week

Reducing plastic waste

Plastic straws are now legally banned in England.  From 1 October 2020 it is illegal for businesses to give out plastic straws or stirrers to their customers.  The Government have committed to taking a step towards tackling the problem of single use plastics.

Defra says the UK was getting through nearly 5 billion straws annually and 316 million plastic stirrers.  Unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceberg regarding our plastic waste pollution.

Although schools do not generally use many straws (I hope you use paper straws if you need straws for milk, etc), the change in serving lunches in these COVID times has led to an increase in takeaway packaging and plastic cutlery.

Also, disposable face masks, which are single use by design, are now on the way to becoming our next hazardous waste problem.  Make sure you brief your team to dispose of their single use face masks in a general waste bin.

A great solution would be to provide your staff with reusable face masks which they can wash at home and reuse.  Branded fabric face masks look great, give consistency to the look of your team and are overall better for the environment!  Face Visors can be reused and can be washed with standard detergent.


About 90% of the rubbish in our oceans is made of plastic.  To help reduce this, a great alternative to plastic food packaging and plastic cutlery is Vegware, which is made of 100% biodegradable materials.  The Vegware cutlery, paper products and food packaging also looks great and is very robust.  Vegware can be disposed of with your food waste but you will need to check first with your food waste contractor

Weekly Food Fact

Did you know that about 90% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have plastics in their stomach – let’s do what we can to help stop this.

Do you run your school catering in-house? Download the brochure below for information on keeping your catering team compliant and up to date with the latest legislation

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