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Hospitality trade bodies launch packaging waste reduction pledge

The UK’s hospitality trade bodies have reiterated their commitment to tackling plastic packaging by urging a sector-wide pledge to reduce waste.

Delegates at UKHospitality’s ‘Unpack the Future of Hospitality’ event, hosted by the British Institute for Innkeeping (BII) and UKHospitality (UKH), were urged to commit to pledges which included:

  • Collaborating to eliminate unnecessary plastic in the hospitality sector by 2030
  • Producing industry-wide guidance to reduce packaging throughout the sector and its supply chains
  • Promoting WRAP’s UK Plastics Pact and implement its principles
  • Establishing a hospitality sector sustainability forum
  • Working with expert groups to enhance the UK’s recycling system

Kate Nicholls UKHospitality CEO, said: “The hospitality sector is acutely aware of the problems caused by packaging waste and have been taking innovative and effective steps to proactively and voluntarily tackle the issue.”

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Mike Clist, BII chairman, added: “Today’s event saw leaders from across the sector pool resources and share insight, highlighting our commitment to reducing plastic waste. The sector is already hard at work, but there is more that can be done to ensure that businesses act positively before the possibility of needless and costly government legislation.”

He added: “We do not need government intervention, but we do need to collectively show our commitment to drastically reducing harmful waste.”

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