Aramark has recently announced that is it committed to significantly reducing the use of single-use disposable plastics across its global operations by 2022.
Starting in September, the food and facilities management company said that it will implement changes across 19 countries, including Ireland and the UK where it serves over 110 million meals a year in over 1,100 workplaces, sports and leisure venues, hospitals, universities and more.
In a statement the company has said that to date it has removed over 410,000 straws from UK sites and is in the process of removing 418,000 straws from client locations in Ireland by December 2018.
Similarly, it has reportedly replaced approximately five million plastic lined coffee cups and soup containers with a fully compostable product.
Rapidly Changing World
"The world is changing at a rapid rate and urgent actions are required to meet the sustainability challenges we are facing," Frank Gleeson, region president, Northern Europe said.
"We want to promote best practice and by responding and acting quickly to remove plastic straws and containers from all of our restaurants, I believe we can make a difference in the use of unnecessary plastic and make the restaurant and hospitality industry more sustainable and environmentally friendly.”
Looking ahead, the group outlined plans to reduce the use of any single-use plastics such as bags, forks, and knives and expand offerings with reusable containers and bags.
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