The Subway restaurant chain has started using new recyclable catering trays in almost 29,000 of its restaurants in the US and Canada.
Subway marketing director Elizabeth Stewart said the company is getting closer to its end goal of being able to demonstrate a significant difference in its overall footprint, with every step it is taking towards sustainability.
"We have made a commitment to look at every facet of our day-to-day operations in order to make our restaurants more environmentally responsible," Stewart said.
Made from 95% post-consumer recycled PET, the new trays have been created by Pactiv, a foodservice / food packaging company, which has a facility that cleans and recycles PET soda and water bottles, and creates the materials that are used in the new trays.
The trays feature handles on the sides of the platters and have a different structure that allows them to be stacked.
The lids for the platters have been designed to snap on securely and to be removed comfortably as well.
Each tray and lid is claimed to be made from about 19 20oz recycled plastic soda or water bottles and can be recycled.
The trays display the sandwiches in a novel way, by showing off the fresh ingredients, and have been designed in such a way that they can be easily stored and transported.
According to Subway the latest move, which is a part of its proposal to make its restaurants and operations further environmentally responsible, is expected to keep about 1.8 million pounds of plastic materials from going directly into the waste stream annually.
The Subway restaurant chain has regional offices in Amsterdam, Beirut, Brisbane, Miami and Singapore.
Image: Subway's new recyclable catering trays have been created by Pactiv; Photo: Courtesy of PRNewsFoto/SUBWAY Restaurants