Scotland's Good to Go food waste scheme sees surge in popularity

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Roseanna Cunningham MSP visit Contini Group Executive Chef, Suzanne O’Connor, to experience the Good to Go scheme in action

Scotland's 'Good to Go' doggy bag restaurant scheme which aims to reduce food waste has seen a surge over 100% since its implementation last year.

Since April 2017, around 42,000 Good to Go boxes have been given out in Scottish restaurants.

Currently one in every six meals served by restaurants is thrown away every year, costing the Scottish hospitality industry £64m.

Zero Waste Scotland research has shown that two fifths of Scots are currently too embarrassed to ask for a doggy bag yet three quarters said they would welcome the option of taking a doggy bag home.

Roseanna Cunningham, cabinet secretary for the environment, climate change and land reform, said: “The Scottish government has set an ambitious target to cut food waste by 33% by 2025 and it’s very encouraging to see schemes like Good to Go making such an impact.

“The dramatic rise of participating Scottish businesses is testament to a changing narrative around food waste. With so many restaurants now taking part, we encourage Scots to do their bit and ask for a doggy bag when dining out.”

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