Recipe Unlimited to Eliminate Plastic Bags

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VAUGHAN, Ont. — Recipe Unlimited has announced it will remove delivery and take-home plastic bags across its entire network of restaurants — including brands such as Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, East Side Mario’s, Kelseys and Montana’s — by December 2019.

This initiative continued the company’s efforts to reduce waste and improve its impact on the environment. “We have a full-court press on reducing waste wherever we can, as quickly as we can,” says Frank Hennessey, CEO, Recipe Unlimited Corporation. “That means looking at every aspect of how we run our restaurants, including single-use items, energy, water and gas consumption and food waste. [This] announcement is part of our ongoing commitment to make positive contributions to the environment and life in Canada.” 

In addition, Styrofoam containers commonly used for take-home leftovers in restaurants will also be eliminated by the end of this year. Recipe is leveraging its size and scale to support a comprehensive overhaul of single-use plastics across every brand. This involves working with franchisees, employees, suppliers, waste partners, industry, government and even competitors. As Hennessey explains, “We believe we need to work with our industry to share information on how we can all improve. We can compete on a lot of things, but not on matters that are good for the environment. That we have to share.”

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