City to Sea new report takes in-depth look at the single-use packaging problem in the UK food-to-go sector

Sustain member City to Sea have partnered with environmental consultants Eunomia on a first of its kind report to investigate the use and management of single-use packaging in the sector.

City to Sea, with their knowledge partners Eunomia, have launched a new report called ‘Food-to-go. Good to go? From throwaway to reuse, turning the tide on pointless packaging in the food-to-go sector’.

The report is the first of its kind in the UK, taking an in-depth look at the single-use packaging problem in the food-to-go sector here in the UK. Based on an analysis of the top 20 (by sales turnover data) UK high street food-to-go operators, the research peels back the shiny wrapping to see how their single-use waste is generated and managed.

'Food-to-go. Good to go?' also highlights 10 key themes where there is room for improvement, along with case studies for where the sector is doing well. It identifies lack of progress towards the legally enshrined Waste Hierarchy and helps the food-to-sector find their way through the plastic-filled maze towards prevention and reuse.

Crucially, the report includes a succinct road map charting the steps that business and government need to take to significantly reduce the amount of single use packaging used by the sector.  

City to Sea understands that businesses in the sector are experiencing unprecedented challenges right now. That’s why City to Sea have made the decision to not share the rankings of the report in 2020 with the general public. In 2021, they plan to repeat the research and this time reveal the individual rankings for the sector, enabling the public to see who is leading the way and who is lagging behind. They believe that now is the time for the sector to step forward and lead the way.

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