The restaurant is trying to encourage recycling with their new initiative
In 2021 recycling rates were under 50%, with over half of us putting recyclable items in our general rubbish. Wagamama’s bowl bank initiative is aiming to tackle this issue.
Wagamama partnered up with earthrise to raise awareness of this issue and educate their audience on how we can stop our plastic waste from going to landfill. There is a considerable variation in how ‘household waste’ is handled and an increasing number of waste managers that are burning plastic waste, causing air pollution, noise, smells, litter, and traffic.
According to Greenpeace (2021), the UK is a major contributor to the world’s plastic crisis generating more plastic waste per person than any other country except the USA. As well as plastic having a huge environmental cost it is also a social justice issue.
According to Plastic Oceans (2022), in 2020 12% of plastic from the UK was exported to Malaysia where much of it was burnt in illegal rubbish dumps. The people living near the dump sites in Malaysia report health concerns and difficulty breathing from the toxic fumes produced by burning plastic.
For Wagamama, it was time to take plastic pollution seriously and they are inviting you as their customers to return your packaging to your local Wagamama restaurant. From there, the team will be on hand to accept your bowls ensuring they are commercially recycled. In exchange for your clean take-out bowls, they will give you a side on them next time you dine in.
It’s time to say no to landfill.
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