9 January 2019 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Atalian Servest Group's specialist B&I catering division, Angel Hill Food Co, has committed to removing single-use plastics - starting at two of its largest sites.
The firm said it wants "to remove all single-use plastic disposables from its operation across central government estate contracts".
It will roll out a three-phase approach to remove single-use plastic disposables from its operation at these sites by 2020.
The three-phase plan will span two years - the first phase seeing Angel Hill switching plastic cutlery and takeaway containers to fully compostable alternatives - one of its pilot clients currently uses more than 194,000 of these each year.
Phases two and three involve the business replacing bottled drinks with canned alternatives, changing the way it serves condiments and looking at a scheme to reduce single-use coffee cups. This will see at least 300,000 single-use plastics removed.
In addition, Atalian Servest's largest catering contract for a government department has already seen all single-use plastics removed and the adoption of its fully compostable packaging in its 'brand in a box' range.
Henry Watts, MD of catering at Atalian Servest, said the company's "efforts to reduce our impact on the environment by reducing the consumption of single-use plastics means we are taking a step in the right direction and we will continue to learn, develop and create best practice solutions as we progress with this".