UKHospitality highlights sector action on reducing plastic waste
03 December 2018
Posted by: Chris Banks
UKHospitality has responded to the Government’s consultation on banning plastic straws and stirrers, citing positive ongoing work by the sector in this area.
The trade body has welcomed efforts to reduce the use of single-use plastic and has highlighted voluntary measures already being undertaken by hospitality businesses.
UKHospitality’s aim is to minimise single-use plastics as far as possible, in a timely manner that also ensures the introduction of affordable alternatives to avoid extra burdens and costs for businesses.
UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “We are fully supportive of measures to cut plastic waste, but a mandatory ban on the use of plastic straws in such a short timeframe would cause problems for the sector. Imposing a ban in such a short space of time may undermine measures that are already in place and increase burdens and costs.
“Hospitality businesses are leaders in reducing or eliminating the use of single-use plastics. This proactive work is to be encouraged and we support our members in their efforts to reduce waste.
“It should also be remembered that many of our customers have specific needs for requiring a straw and a blanket ban on plastic straws could discriminate against them if alternatives are not readily available.
“UKHospitality is a signatory of WRAP’s Plastic Pact which aims to significantly reduce plastic use within hospitality by 2025. We have also worked very closely with other industry bodies such as the British Institute for Innkeeping to promote awareness and share best practice.”
Notes to editors
- UKHospitality is the new trade body representing the UK’s hospitality sector, established following a merger approved in February 2018 between the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA)
- UKHospitality is the authoritative voice for over 700 companies, operating around 65,000 venues in a sector that employs 3.2 million people
- The body speaks on behalf of a wide range of leisure and ‘out-of-home’ businesses, from FTSE 100 enterprises to niche groups and independent single-site operators
- For the first time, the sector has a single voice bringing together businesses from all aspects of hospitality; coffee shops, hotels, serviced apartments, pubs, restaurants, leisure parks, nightclubs, contract caterers, entertainment, stadia and visitor attractions
- Engaging with government, the media and the public, UKHospitality works to develop a robust case on how to unlock the industry’s full potential as the biggest engine for growth in the economy and ensure that the industry’s needs are effectively represented
- The sector creates £130bn in economic activity and generates £38bn of tax for the Exchequer, funding vital services
- Hospitality represents 10% of UK employment, 6% of businesses and 5% of GDP
· Hospitality is the 3rd largest private sector employer in the UK; double the size of financial services and bigger than automotive, pharmaceuticals and aerospace combined
· Member benefits include free advice and expert guidance on regulation, finance and health and safety as well as savings on services from carefully selected business partners.