Single use plastics at event sites

champ 2017We’ve seen a couple of customers recently have trouble dealing with organisers at event sites when it comes to the types of catering disposables they’re using. There seems to be a lot of miscommunication with regards to environmental policy and what is / isn’t acceptable in terms of materials.

A recent example saw new rules issued to one of our customers the day before their event, within 24 hours they had new compliance mandates to which they had to conform. This mainly concerned the type of plastic used; certification was required for the purity of the plastic and suitability for any recycling as well as a plan for collection.

In this instance it was our popular disposable plastic champagne flutes. These are made from pure 100% virgin grade crystal polystyrene, a material that is very easily recycled at any processing facility in the UK. They’re a highly economical and eco-friendly (as long as they’re recycled!) solution to serving prosecco or champagne at event sites.

The customer solved the issue with the organisers after forwarding on our certification documents and putting in place a plan for collection, namely a deposit per glass which was refunded when the item was returned for recycling. This was very effective and meant basically zero additional clean-up was required.

We’re always keen to work together with customers to meet the requirements of event sites and council owned venues – there’s nearly always a simple solution that enables disposable catering supplies to be used effectively. Please feel free to get in touch if you come across issues of this nature, we’re happy to offer advice.

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