Restaurateurs in Inverness and the Highlands are being urged to sign up to a new initiative to offer ‘doggy bags’ to diners.
Under the Scottish Government’s Good to Go scheme, which is run by Zero Waste Scotland, participating venues are provided with free boxes for leftovers. A pilot scheme run in 2014 saw an average reduction in food waste of 42% per restaurant.
Matthew Bohdaniec (pictured), manager of The Mustard Seed restaurant in Inverness, which recently signed up to Good to Go, said the scheme will help cut food waste.
“Good to Go will enable us, as responsible business owners, to help the environment, keep waste to a minimum and save money longer-term,” he said.
Ylva Haglund of Zero Waste Scotland said the scheme is designed to make the action of asking for a ‘doggy bag’ a regular restaurant request.
As of January 1, businesses in Scotland which produce more than 5kg of food waste each week must separate food waste and have it collected for recycling.