Subway ditches plastic for recyclable catering platter

Subway catering platter

Global sandwich chain Subway will remove 26 garbage trucks full of plastic from the environment each year through the design of a new fibre-based, recyclable catering platter. 

Subway will replace its plastic takeaway catering trays across Australia and New Zealand with the 100 per cent kerbside recyclable platters manufactured by Detpak, a subsidiary of South Australian packaging business Detmold Group.

The new fibre-based catering platter will remove 205 tonnes of plastic from the environment each year and has been designed for easy assembly and efficient in-restaurant storage and transportation, reducing shipping costs. 

Shane Bracken, Managing Director for Subway Australia and New Zealand, said replacing Subway’s catering platter with a 100 per cent recyclable alternative worked towards the company’s aim for 100 per cent of its packaging to be recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable. 

“Packaging, in particular, plays a huge role in the choices we make towards our sustainability commitments. It’s critical that we’re considering the circular economy and how our packaging can be better designed for sustainability through its entire lifecycle, versus focusing only on the end product and how it is disposed of,” Bracken said. 

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