Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds could be banned in England as part of the government’s bid to cut plastic waste.
But UKHospitality, the newly-formed association body representing the industry, says that the new legislation will see costs rise again for already-stretched hotel businesses.
While multiple positive initiatives from the hospitality industry to reduce waste and environmental impact have already been introduced, the swift move for an out-right ban has been called ‘disappointing’ by UKHospitality.
Commenting on the announcement, Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, said “It is undeniable that this serious issue needs tackling, but with anything of this gravitas it needs to be considered and executed both effectively and realistically. This looks set to introduce yet another burden on hospitality margins with any additional cost coming on top of already high business rates and employment costs.
“There is a large amount of government policy already being proposed in this particular area – deposit schemes, packaging reforms, and plastic taxes – and now with the move for an outright ban, there is a sense of confusion with overlapping government policy, regardless of the wider effects on UK businesses.
Nicholls also calls for a greater sharing approach among hospitality businesses, working together to ‘do more’.
“The hospitality industry must do more to address the issue and provide solutions, share best practise and pledge to do more.”
On the 10th May, UKHospitality will spearhead the sector’s efforts to tackle packaging waste with a sector-wide event, Unpack the Future of Hospitality.