Foodservice and facilities management company Sodexo UK’s defence business will remove all single-use plastic bags from all of its retail outlets in the UK and Cyprus during the WasteLESS Week.
WasteLESS Week is a global initiative conducted by the company every October to encourage its teams to reduce the amount of waste generated from its operations.
According to the company, customers across its defence business division are using more single-use plastic carrier bags across the retail outlets it manages on military bases.
The company has provided more than 300,000 plastic carrier bags over the last 12 months.
To ensure a smooth transition, Sodexo has communicated its move to its customers ahead of the change that took effect from 22 October.
Sodexo UK and Ireland CR director Edwina Hughes said: “Every year, we are delighted with the engagement we receive from our teams across the business for WasteLESS Week. This year, we decided to focus our efforts on continuing the work we had done centrally to reduce the use of single-use plastics in our business.
“We were thrilled to hear from our colleagues in our defence business that they had decided to use the week to remove single-use plastic bags from their retail operations, as this area of the business was one of the biggest users.
“This will have a significant impact on our commitment to reduce plastic usage in our business and we congratulate them for taking this important step.”
Sodexo also banned the purchase of plastic straws and stirrers from its business earlier this year.
The foodservice firm has also announced its commitment to phase out single-use plastic bags and polystyrene foam items such as cups, lids and food containers by 2020.