Single Use Plastics Ban | October 2023
Are you ready for the Single Use Plastics (SUP) ban? Back in May we put out a Blog Post about how to prepare for the single use plastic (SUP) ban that comes into force in October 2023. Since then we have made a number of changes to our product offering and also found ourselves fielding queries from confused customers around exactly what is and isn't being banned.
This page brings together some previous blog posts regarding alternative products and is written to help customers get to the important information. This is not legal advice, however ,and we strongly advise you take time to look directly at the source information (in this case the DEFRA guidance on www.gov.uk)
To keep it short, the guidance covers three main areas:
1. Plates bowls and trays
Again the ban only applies to SINGLE USE items supplied to the public and DEFRA clearly lay out some exceptions to this:
Exemptions -You can still supply single-use plastic plates, bowls and trays if either of the following apply:
So if you have somne single use plastic stock - check the excemptions before you throw it out!
We are happy to reassure customers that re-useable plastic bowls and trays like our sandwich platters and donburi bowls will not be affected by the ban and Cater For You will continue to supply them.
2. Cutlery and balloon sticks
We've never supplied balloon sticks but All single use plastic cutlery will be banned, (note: not ALL plastic cutlery as some sources are suggesting.) Re-useable cutlery is not mentioned or included in the scope of this ban.
Cater For You will continue to sell durable reusable plastic cutlery. Other sustainable and recyclable solutions are also available including a good range of wooden cutlery and card alternatives.
3. Polystyrene food and drink containers
All our polystyrene burger boxes, meal boxes and cups are no longer available for sale on our website. We have many other options now including card and bagasse products - please see links below.
We are also launching a new range of fully compliant Infinity products that are recyclable. Read more here
Links / Further Information
There has been little time to adapt to this change in the law so we are here to help with any information either by phone or email. Further information is linked below.
DEFRA Guidance on Single Use Plastics Ban
Cater For You Blogs:
Original Blog Post from May 2023
Deli Pots alternatives
Polystyrene Cups alternatives
Polystyrene Food Box alternatives
Kebab Meal Box Alternatives