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Inverness Eateries Adopt Food Waste Reduction Scheme

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Inverness Eateries Adopt Food Waste Reduction Scheme

Inverness Eateries Adopt Food Waste Reduction Scheme
January 20
10:05 2016

The Scottish Government’s Good to Go scheme launches in Inverness and the Highlands today, following a successful pilot scheme in 2014 which saw an average 42% reduction in food waste per restaurant.

Establishments throughout the region are being urged to sign up to the initiative, which provides free Good to Go boxes for leftovers. According to Zero Waste Scotland research, two fifths of diners say they are embarrassed to ask staff for a doggy bag, while three quarters of those surveyed stated that they would welcome being offered the option.

Matthew Bohdaniec, who runs The Mustard Seed – one of the top-rated restaurants in Inverness – said: ‘We’re very conscious of the environmental harm caused by food waste, which is why we do everything we can to minimise or recycle it.

‘With Good to Go, our staff will politely encourage diners to consider taking away any food they can’t manage to eat during their visit, removing any uneasiness customers may have about asking to take their leftovers away with them.’

Ylva Haglund (pictured left) , food-waste campaigns manager at Zero Waste Scotland, said: ‘Good to Go is designed to make the action of asking for a doggy bag a regular request in Scotland.

‘In the 16 restaurants in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Irvine and East Kilbride which took part in the pilot campaign, average food waste fell by 42% as diners took home their leftovers. Research demonstrates that if restaurants across Scotland routinely offered doggy bags to customers, it could save the equivalent of almost 800,000 full meals going in the bin every year.’

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, added: ‘It is simply incredible that Scotland’s restaurants currently throw away the equivalent of one in every six meals they serve.

‘The Good to Go pilot shows that there’s a real appetite to reduce restaurant food waste and save money by removing the perceived uncertainty or embarrassment surrounding the process of making the doggy bag request.’

Any food business of small-to-medium size in Scotland can apply to sign up to Good to Go and will receive a free starter pack including doggy bags, stickers, posters and branding. Email: goodtogo@zerowastescotland.org.uk or call 0141 314 1436.

Visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/GoodToGo for more information.

 

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