Reducing Single Use Plastics
Eliminating single-use and other unsustainable forms of plastic packaging in Ireland is one of the nation’s top priorities, and it’s our mission to lead the way.
We’ve already taken significant strides to eliminate problematic and unnecessary single-use plastics. We are actively working with our suppliers and industry partners to stay abreast of packaging and waste issues, address the shared challenges we face, and find the right solutions to help our sites reduce single-use plastics and maximise recycling.
- Single Use Plastics Guide
We have developed a single use plastics guide which makes it easy for our sites to tackle single-use plastics commonly used in foodservice, including cutlery, cups, and food containers.
What the guide aims to achieve:
Reduce – eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic packaging wherever possible
Reuse – encourage the use of reusable/washable items over single-use plastics
Recycle – work with clients to help improve the collection of plastic packaging on-site for onward recycling
Review – work with our suppliers to source the most sustainable products, and increase recycled content to drive the recycling market
Educate – educate and empower customers to reduce plastic waste, recycle more, and learn to differentiate the variety of disposable materials
Our Commitments include;
- Eliminate our “top ten” problematic and unnecessary single-use plastics by the end of 2020
- All plastic food packaging to be reusable or widely recycled by 2025
- All plastic food packaging to contain more than 30% average recycled content by 2025
Action needs to be taken to limit global warming and reduce the risk of irreversible climate impacts and extreme weather events. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we are committed to reducing our consumption of energy and water, creating less waste, and introducing green energy and clean technology products.
- Our Environmental Management System
Everything we do to reduce our environmental impact is underpinned by our Environmental Management System (EMS). Our EMS is delivered into every contract using our award-winning Environment Toolkit. The Environment Toolkit assists our teams in bringing the environment and our business’ impact to life through activities and discussion. It helps us to:
- Reduce costs through operational efficiency
- Comply with environmental legislation and Compass Group procedures
- Support our clients with their environmental activities
The award-winning toolkit focuses on six key topic areas; energy, transport, materials, waste, water, pollution prevention. It involves understanding the operations and the impact on the environment, putting controls in place to reduce environmental impact and setting objectives and targets to improve how things are done.
It might sound simple but creating an accessible yet comprehensive guide enables us to manage our environmental impact at scale across Compass Group Ireland.
Promoting Plant-Forward Meals
See Health & Wellbeing Section.