Wahaca-April-17

Waste not, want not

We have a zero landfill policy, so where we have control of the waste collection contract, we appoint the most sustainable contractors, whilst all food waste from our restaurants are converted into biogas and compost.

 

Zero Waste to Landfill

Across all of our restaurants, all of our waste, including food waste, is diverted from landfill. Where we have control of the waste collection contract, we go the extra mile to appoint the most sustainable waste collector available. Food waste is converted into biogas and liquid fertiliser. The biogas is used to produce clean renewable electricity and the fertiliser is spread onto farmland.

Use and Reuse

We have chosen a London based company to provide us with cooking oil as not only does this reduce our carbon footprint, but the used oil is then taken away and processed into biofuel to power cars and taxis in South London.

RECYCLING

We pride ourselves on having excellent recycling rates; we work with the Government’s Waste Resource Action Programme (WRAP) to constantly improve the amount we recycle.

Wahaca was the first own branded restaurant group to sign up to WRAP’s Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA), where all our recycling information is passed to WRAP to help the Government minimise waste across the hospitality sector.

THE WAR ON STRAWS

In 2018, we went to war on plastic straws. We’ve stopped serving single-use plastic straws in all drinks where they are not necessary, unless a customer asks for one. For the very few drinks that do need straws they now come with a 100% biodegradable one. We’re confident that this simple swap can make a huge reduction in our plastic waste, without making your drinks less delicious to sip.

We had been making plans to go straw free for a while, but it was a visit from Mark our Co-founder’s 4 year old son that was the final straw. He said he “didn’t want a straw with his orange juice because he didn’t want turtles to choke and die”.  We made a vow then to turn Wahaca into a zero plastic straw company.

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