Brakes, the foodservice supplier, has completed its pledge to remove all hard-to-recycle black plastic from its own brand range by the end of 2020.
The company, which was the first foodservice wholesaler to make the pledge to turn its back on hard black plastics in June 2018, has now completed its promise having changed packaging on almost 500 lines and removed more than 1,000 tonnes of the problematic plastics from its supply chain.
Hugo Mahoney, Brakes’ CEO, said: “There have been so many challenges over the past year for suppliers to the hospitality and catering markets, but nonetheless we have maintained a close focus on our CSR commitments.
“It is a major achievement to have made good on our promise, especially given the circumstances. As a result of the fantastic effort from Brakes’ colleagues and our fantastic suppliers, more than 1,000 tonnes of hard black plastic is now easily recyclable and no longer being thrown away.”
Brakes will launch a new packaging policy early in 2021 to further its progress, having already increased the visibility of recyclable materials by clearer on-pack labelling.