Guidance has been published for bars and pubs by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) to help them find alternatives to plastic straws.
It outlines the various recyclable, reusable and biodegradable options, including wheat, paper and glass straws. The guidance also provides information on food safety and food hygiene compliance. Click here for the BBPA document.
It is part of a commitment by the BBPA and its members to reduce the use of plastic and plastic waste. The guidance urges members to stop issuing plastic straws and consider environmentally-friendly alternatives instead.
The BBPA is also working with the British Institute of Innkeeping and others to look at bio-degradable alternatives and the composting and recycling capacity for these products.
In the Spring Statement this month, the Chancellor launched a consultation on reducing single-use plastic across the whole supply chain. The BBPA will be responding to the consultation to highlight the role brewing and pubs can play in this.
Last week, the BBPA’s chief executive, Brigid Simmonds, had a meeting with Thérèse Coffey MP, parliamentary under secretary of state for the environment, to discuss reducing the use of plastic straws in pubs across the UK.
Brigid said: “Pubs are already working hard to reduce the amount of single-use plastics being used. This includes only giving straws to those who ask.
“One of the easiest ways pubs can continue to reduce plastic waste is by using environmentally-friendly alternatives to straws and the guidance we have published today will help pubs and all licensees in cutting back on their use of plastics.”
Increasing numbers of bar, club and pub operators are axing plastic straws including Revolution Bars Group, The Deltic Group, TGI Friday’s UK, Ei Group, Be At One, Mitchells & Butlers’ All Bar One, JD Wetherspoon, Experimental Group, The New World Trading Company’s The Botanist, Oakman Inns, Redcomb Pubs and Marriott International.
The BBPA guidance on alternatives to plastic straws can be found here.