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School caterers go green by celebrating Global Recycling Day

22 Mar 2024
School caterers Educaterers celebrated Global Recycling Day (18th March) by cutting out single-use plastic and switching to 100% recyclable packaging within secondary schools.

The aim of Global Recycling Day is to raise awareness about the need for a joined up approach to recycling and to ask people to think 'resource', not 'waste', when it comes to the goods.

Educaterers started using recyclable packaging such as biodegradable containers and utensils pre Covid-19. The move is part of a commitment to providing not only nutritious school meals, but to minimising negative environmental impacts wherever possible.

Simon James, chief executive of Educaterers, said: “We are very proud all our packaging is now recyclable. We have always been committed to providing tasty and nutritious meals for the 180+ schools we serve in Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Oxfordshire, Birmingham, Coventry, and Staffordshire, but now we are also making a contribution to a healthier, more sustainable planet for all.”

Educaterers source local produce where possible to reduce food miles and support local producers. They work with trusted suppliers to provide the freshest, most nutritious and highest quality produce available to their schools.

Recycling is a crucial part of the fight to protect our natural resources. Each year recycling saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to one billion tons by 2030.