Plastic Products and Packaging

Our Ambition: To reduce the use of plastics across our value chain, ranging from SCCL-procured / distributed products and components, plastic materials used for packaging, as well as the broader issue of single-use plastics and the cumulative impacts of these products on the environment.

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Single-Use Plastics in Catering

NHS Supply Chain is committed to supporting the reduction of SUP in its supply chain and aims to reduce plastic catering consumables used by the NHS by 50 tonnes during 2021 / 2022. During 2019 / 2020 alone, the NHS purchased 184 tonnes of plastic catering consumables.

Our Catering Consumables and Equipment framework provided by NHS Supply Chain: Hotel Services is now available and lists 99 sustainable single-use plastic alternatives for the NHS to purchase. Download a copy of our SUP alternatives brochure that also includes a handy breakdown of disposal methods.

Support a Sustainable Future with ‘Food to Go’

Our Food to Go framework provided by NHS Supply Chain: Food, includes many suppliers working hard towards sustainable practices. Several have either achieved or are working towards 100% plastic-free packaging. Find out more about the framework on our Contract Information Page.

During 2019 / 2020 the NHS bought 184 tonnes of Plastic Catering Consumables.
NHS Supply Chain is committed to supporting the reduction of single use plastics in its supply chain and is aiming to reduce its plastic catering consumables by 50 tonnes during 2021 / 2022.