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With over 8 million tons of plastic being dumped in our oceans every year and Sodexo banning plastic straws and stirrers as of June, this year’s WasteLESS Week focused was on plastic reduction.

From University College London, to Cyprus and Tillery Valley Foods, there was a huge focus on plastic reduction throughout the business – a huge thank you to all the Sodexo sites that participated in WasteLESS Week!

Some of the initiatives this year saw many of you take plastic reduction a step further by eliminating plastic bags, single use cups and even reducing the volume bin liners used at your sites for the week.

Although WasteLESS Week is held over five days, Sodexo encourage and focus on waste prevention all year-round. Ideas large and small can create huge impact – take our defence retail shops for example. This year Nick Blackmun, defence retail operations manager, used WasteLESS Week 2018 as a catalyst for change, permanently switching single use plastic carrier bags for paper alternatives. This alteration will save over 300,000 plastic bags from circulation a year. He explains how and why he was motivated to make the switch over on our Quality of Life blog – click here to read more.

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Courtesy of University College London

As we work together to help create a better tomorrow, continue to share your waste reduction journey with us year round on Twitter or Facebook using #WasteLESSWeek.

Be sure to speak your line manager and submit your WasteLESS Week feedback from by 30 November to be in with a chance of winning the WasteLESS Week trophy and a prize for your team! Find out more on WasteLESS Week here.

Read the official Sodexo press release covering WasteLESS Week and the changes made by the Defence retail shops here.

In 2017 we launched Better Tomorrow 2025 - our roadmap to help keep responsible business at the heart of how we work. Click here for the full Better Tomorrow 2025 story.


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