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Endless packaging because of Corona: How restaurateurs avoid garbage

2020-12-28T12:08:10.968Z

More garbage because of Corona: that's what the waste management company AWISTA observes. Behind this is not only the booming online shopping, but also the pick-up and delivery service in restaurants. After all, many innkeepers try to deliver their food to customers in sustainable packaging.



More garbage because of Corona: that's what the waste management company AWISTA observes.

Behind this is not only the booming online shopping, but also the pick-up and delivery service in restaurants.

After all, many innkeepers try to deliver their food to customers in sustainable packaging.

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- Penne arrabiata in the heat-storing aluminum box with a cardboard lid, stew in a styrofoam box, beef roulade with red cabbage and dumplings in a three-compartment plate with lid - all made of plastic.

As in the first Corona lockdown in spring, the catering industry has not been allowed to serve its guests in the guest rooms since the beginning of November.

The second strict lockdown wave also prohibits this until at least January 10th.

Most landlords try to keep their customers hooked with delivery and pick-up services and to keep themselves reasonably afloat financially.

Because it is not possible due to the strict contact restrictions and for hygienic reasons to shovel the food into containers or on tableware, some restaurateurs have come up with sustainable transport options - in order to avoid non-compostable and recyclable packaging waste.

Michael Heinen is one of them.

The Pöckinger is the owner of the Trattoria Garibaldi and also runs the Forsthaus am See restaurant in Possenhofen.

If you order your favorite dish from him, you can pick it up in reusable glass dishes or have it delivered that way.

"At the first lockdown, I was annoyed to see my plastic waste from the pick-up and delivery service in the yellow bags everywhere," says Heinen, "that's why we have now switched to glass bowls, and that goes down well with customers." including the sauce delivered or picked up in a separate bowl, separated from the vegetables and the dumplings that come along in the cooking stock.

"If you wish, we can deliver everything to your home and put it in the preheated oven for reheating," explains the landlord.

The customers are happy to return the glass dishes, "we put them in the professional dishwasher and clean them hygienically at 90 degrees".

Only when it comes to pizza delivery, Heinen cannot do without the cardboard box, "but it is made of recyclable material".

Landlady: "Instead of plastic I use containers made from sugar cane"

Carola Petrone from "Il Cielo" (Gasthof Plonner in Oberpfaffenhofen) is known for her sustainable actions.

It also caters for daycare centers and school canteens.

That is why she attaches particular importance to sustainability during the Corona crisis.

Your packaging is made from recycled and reusable material.

"Instead of plastic, I use containers made from sugar cane," reports the landlady.

Is that recognized by the customers?

Petrone is not sure: "It is sad that the topic is slipping into the background in these times."

Sustainability is also a priority for the Herrschinger Post hostess Elisabeth Walch.

Anyone who orders poultry at the Post-Gasthof - one or more ducks or geese with side dishes - brings the appropriate dishes in a basket and can pick up the finished meal a little later.

“We need a lead time of around two hours,” explains the landlady.

This pick-up system also works if someone orders more, "for example ten schnitzel in one fell swoop," says Walch.

For other a la carte orders, the kitchen team packs the dishes in cardboard boxes, "and they are also made from sustainable, recyclable material," assures Walch.

Corona compliant for food distribution

The packaging used by the Seefelder Gasthof Ruf is also recyclable.

"These are containers made of bamboo or a heat-resistant material, which are also suitable for warming up at home in the oven or in a water bath," says Thomas Ruf, "and can be reprocessed 100 percent." back.

"Our guests are very satisfied with the service," explains the landlord.

And in doing so, they fulfill a charitable purpose: "Two euros per order are donated to 32-year-old Dario from Seefeld, who is ill with ALS and has to have his apartment redesigned to be handicapped accessible."

The waste management company AWISTA welcomes the efforts of the catering industry.

In the first three quarters of this year, the amount of waste has grown by three percent compared to the past four years, explains spokesman Sebastian Roth.

The many cardboard boxes and cardboard boxes are striking.

In order to avoid fears, Roth points out that the recycling centers in all municipalities will remain open as usual despite the lockdown - with the exception of the other usual closings on public holidays.

Roth appeals to consumers to avoid unnecessary journeys and refers to the tried and tested collection system for residual waste, paper and yellow bags.

"If you take the time to carefully fold cardboard boxes, you don't run the risk of the paper bin overflowing."

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Source: merkur

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