Today, we have announced steps to tackle a major recycling problem, one that many consumers are currently unaware of. Polling shows that the majority of Brits (58% vs 42%) do not realise they could be unwittingly contaminating the recycling chain with pizza boxes with food or grease still on the box, undermining efforts to reduce waste and recycle. The figures are even worse for 18-24 year olds, with 66% not realising that boxes stained with oil or remnants of pizza can't be put into the recycling bin (vs 34% who know).
While pizza boxes are traditionally made of 100% recyclable materials, many consumers do not realise that if the boxes become stained with excess food or grease then they cannot be recycled and risk contaminating the rest of the recycling if they are added to the recycling.
In response, Deliveroo is helping its pizza restaurant partners to tackle this problem by making 100,000 biodegradable greaseproof paper inserts available for free. Partners will be able to request the inserts, which prevent grease getting into the base of the pizza box ensuring the box can be fully recycled. The inserts make it easier to recycle the boxes and helps pizzas travel better, meaning it arrives at a hungry customer's in top condition and ready to recycle.
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