LightStay plastic reduction initiative calls on suppliers to consider delivery methods

Graham Usher, The Yorkshire bar and grill general manager, and Amie Thurlow at the water filling station.

A restaurant in York has created an in-house water filling station, in a bid to cut down on use-once plastic bottles.

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As part of the scheme, suppliers have also been asked to look at how they deliver goods and services to the dining room, which is located within the DoubleTree bby Hilton York.

The Yorkshire Bar and Grill has implemented a LightStay initiative which encourages staff to refill reusable drinking bottles belonging to guests, visitors, passers-by and tourists alike.

This follows a review last month, which saw staff in both the restaurant and the hotel review their use of plastics.

Graham Usher, general manager at the restaurant, said: “As an environmentally-conscious business, we are constantly looking at ways that we can reduce our carbon footprint, hence our plastics review.”

He added: “If colleagues in the city’s hospitality sector follow our lead, then together we can demonstrate a collective commitment to the environment and help reduce the number of plastic bottles thrown away each and every day.”

Since the launch of the LightStay initiative in 2009, the group has saved more than £750m by managing its energy, carbon, water and waste.

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