New measures to promote sustainability and cut waste must be proportionate and affordable, the country’s largest trade association for the hospitality has warned.
Following the government’s announcement of a strategy to cut waste and promote sustainability, UKHospitality has attempted to highlight ongoing efforts by the sector and warned against piling costs on businesses that may undermine existing work.
Chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said the hospitality sector shares the concerns of the government and the public regarding sustainability but warned: “Our businesses understand there is a need to address issues like single-use plastics and food waste and they are already hard at work.
“Many outlets have already undertaken measures to cut waste voluntarily and UKHospitality, along with the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has been leading efforts to promote best practice across hospitality.”
UKHospitality was established following a merger earlier this year between the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA). It represents some 700 members responsible for 65,000 outlets.
Mrs Nicholls said UKHospitality remained supportive of new measures to promote sustainability and tackle waste, but insisted they must be “affordable and proportionate”.
She said: “New measures are going to hit businesses at a tough time when costs are increasing and consumer confidence is low. Any new scheme, particularly the deposit return scheme, must be workable and avoid piling further financial pressure on businesses.”