With pizza a popular takeaway choice, many pizza boxes find their way into recycling carts afterwards given that the packaging is traditionally made of 100% recyclable materials. But any slight taint of grease or leftover food can deem the box unrecyclable.
A recent poll by takeaway delivery service, Deliveroo has found that many consumers do not realise that if the pizza 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.
Polling shows that the majority of Brits (58%) 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.
To help tackle the issue, Deliveroo is making 100,000 biodegradable greaseproof paper inserts available to its pizza restaurant partners for free.
The inserts prevent grease getting into the base of the pizza box ensuring the box can be fully recycled.
The latest move from Deliveroo follows its announcement earlier this year that it is offering partner restaurants a wide range of more sustainable packaging alternatives.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea