Environmental responsibility

The BBPA and its members are serious about addressing any issues that have an adverse effect on our environment. We work on a range of areas to improve efficiencies and to help ensure a sustainable future for all.

  • BBPA supports Government action on plastic waste

    03 December 2018

    The British Beer & Pub Association has today supported Government action to ban plastic straws and stirrers. A ban would build on voluntary initiatives by the pub sector to remove plastic straws and stirrers. Voluntary initiatives to reduce and remove plastic straws from the pub sector have so far been extremely successful, they have highlighted the potential benefits of the removal of plastic straws and reflected consumer demand for this outcome. BBPA members have driven voluntary initiatives to find plastic straw alternatives, from practical initiatives such as only offering plastic straws on an ‘on-demand’ basis, to the development of straws made from seashells. Along with other industry bodies and in particular the British Institute of Innkeeping, the BBPA has supported the Last Straw campaign, to reduce the numbers of plastic straws used in pubs across the country. To ensure consistency, the BBPA believes a plastic straw ban should be applied across the food and drink sector (both in retail and hospitality) and cover all types of plastic straws, including compostable and biodegradable plastic straws. However, the BBPA has argued that groups with accessibility needs must be able to access plastic straws. These should not only be available in pharmacies, but also hospitality outlets so that those with accessibility needs can continue to enjoy the use of pubs as much as everybody else. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said:   “It is important we all do our bit to reduce plastic waste and that is why we welcome the Government’s proposals to ban plastic straws and stirrers. To help pubs reduce their plastic waste we have already produced guidancefor licensees as well.”

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  • BBPA responds to launch of consultation on plastic straws

    24 October 2018

    The BBPA has responded to the opening of a consultation by DEFRA, titled ‘Single use plastic: banning the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in England’ Commenting on the consultation, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of British Beer & Pub Association, said: “As a sector that has shown leadership in tackling the issue of plastics, we welcome this consultation on plastic straws. The BBPA has given guidance to members on alternatives to plastic straws and supported an industry-wide campaign to cut the amount of single-use plastic being used in pubs, in partnership with the BII, UKHospitality and The Morning Advertiser. “Voluntary action to remove plastic straws and offer environmentally-friendly alternatives is preferable to legislation or new taxes, which we will make clear in our response to the consultation.”

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