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Dewsbury Hospital lead the way in biodegradable packaging

The Catering team at the White Rose Restaurant at Dewsbury and District Hospital have recently introduced a range of biodegradable packaging into their restaurant. 

Rather than using non-environmentally friendly standard plastic cutlery and containers, the restaurant is using some sustainable packaging - made entirely from biodegradable materials to help reduce the amount of non-biodegradable waste the restaurant produces.

The catering team at Dewsbury and District Hospital have introduced the biodegradable packaging in multiple formats, including spoons, transparent pouches and containers.

The cutlery, lids for cups, the clear windows in food boxes, food bags and even the bin liners are made from a material called Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), which is a natural polymer extracted from plants.

The white food boxes are made from a sugar cane residual, whilst the salad boxes are made from a material called Kraft board, which is a 100% biodegradable natural product.

The straws used in the canteen are made of paper and the cups are now made of paperboard.

Iain Brodie, General Manager – Facilities, at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said; “We are keen to ensure our Trust plays its part in helping the environment and reducing the amount of waste that is non-biodegradable. We would like to roll this out across our other hospital sites too if successful.”