Let’s Stop Single-Use. Instead Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

by Michael Addison in Waste Management | posted:

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Single-Use. A term referring to products, often made of plastic that is used once then thrown away.

The compilers at Collins Dictionary have announced it as the word of 2018. Coverage by the BBC program Planet Earth has shone a light on the understated understanding of environmental awareness. It’s fair to say that these throwaway plastics contribute to the ill health we’re placing on the planet.

It’s not a solitary opinion; the government are getting involved too.

The governmental budget drummed up by chancellor Philip Hammond has announced a new tax on plastic packaging. This initiative aims to provide an incentive for businesses to use more recycled packaging. Not only this but there are plans to ban or restrict the use of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds.

So what does this mean for UK Catering companies and takeaways?


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


This is only the beginning.

The current tax outlined in the 2018 budget affects the manufacture and importing of plastics with less than 30% recycled content.

It would be no surprise that because of this greener initiative, plastic containers used by both takeaways and caterers will face future taxes. Start early. Begin by reducing dependence on single-use plastics.

For example, Reusable material such as paper and cardboard is becoming more preferred by the general public. One survey found this packaging to be the most preferred because of its environmental-friendliness and practicality.

The best way to helping both the environment and importantly, your business is through proper recycling. In the world of waste management, It’s been no secret landfill charges are rising each year, so, the cost of waste disposal gets pricier too. Recycling costs less money  to process than standard waste disposal; which in turn means you’re saving more money in the long run.

When looking into a recycling service, you should put it into a trusted waste management provider.


Direct365 Recycling Service.


In a YouGov report, where only a quarter of people make their meals themselves most days, your business is in the right place, right time. Help yourself along that way with reducing your costs using a recycling waste service.

Now between your work and running the business, organising your recycling into separate bins can be an arduous, time-consuming procedure. With our service, we cut that out. Just put all your recycling into one simple bin.

Recycling should include only the following:

  • Paper – Newspapers, office paper, magazines, and any other dry paper
  • Cardboard – Cereal boxes, delivery boxes, corrugated cardboard, card
  • Metal cans – Drinks cans and food tins
  • Plastic – Empty milk bottles,  drinks bottles, packaging film, meal trays, margarine tubs


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