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Reusable Solutions

Our economy is currently defined as linear; we take resources from the Earth, turn them into products and discard them as waste. By shifting our mindset, Compass Group is driving a circular approach to promote the reuse of materials. It is a transition which is underpinned by circular economy principles, such as 'eliminate' and 'recirculate'.

Packaging is at the forefront of our drive. It is a large contributor to the single-use culture we are accustomed to. Whilst we recognise the critical role that packaging plays in food safety, as one of the world's leading food services companies, we have a responsibility to take sustainable action.

We are working with our suppliers to fast-track sustainable alternatives over single-use products and fossil fuel based plastics. Across our operations we have actively reduced unnecessary packaging and gone further to introduce reusable solutions whilst continuing to search for better alternatives.


CARE Zero Packaging

In Portugal, we launched a ‘CARE Zero Packaging’ Project to reduce surplus packaging at client sites. The project supports Compass Group Eurest’s commitment to Net Zero by 2050, with the objective to eliminate the disposal of unnecessary plastic and paper packaging. The strategy embeds a simple approach, encouraging clients to use tongs to serve themselves, without jeopardising food safety. The strategy offers multiple advantages including reductions in water consumption, quantity of packaging, and business costs.  

To date, the team have reported a 100% reduction in paper straws and eliminated 24% of paper bags used for cutlery. They have also increased the amount of bread served to consumers without a paper bag by 53%. These achievements amount to 9 tonnes less paper used, equivalent to saving 148 trees. 

Switching to reusable solutions

Chartwells Higher Education at American University in Washington, DC was proud to introduce OZZI reusable takeout containers to its main dining facility, Terrace Dining Room (TDR).

Traditionally, TDR served 39,000 meals in takeaway containers each semester (of which all were single-use containers). With the introduction of the reusable OZZI containers, the university estimates they will divert 2,571 pounds of waste from landfills.

Sensor dispensers for salad dressing

In Türkiye, we’ve implemented a technical solution to tackle plastic waste thanks to the successful deployment of sensor dispensers for salad dressing across service locations throughout the country. Standard portions of vinegar, lemon juice, and olive oil are poured by dispensers, eliminating the needs for plastic sachets while reducing excessive waste. In just one month, this simple initiative avoided the consumption of 3,000 plastic sachets of salad sauces at one site alone.