Select Catering wastes nothing at Olympic Games


A family-run catering solutions supplier in Market Harborough has highlighted its role in making this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics the first ever zero waste games.

Select Catering Solutions, which specialises in disposable supplies and coffee machines to cafes and delis, provided recyclable cups and sandwich containers to food outlets at two of the Games’ venues.

With strict guidelines on materials and methods used to create any packaging, all materials had to be biodegradable so that waste could be made into compost after the Games.

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Select Catering Solutions provided over half a million drinking cups and sandwich wraps which were used at Greenwich Park site of the equestrian activities, as well as at Eton Dorney where the canoeing and rowing events took place.

“It was a tough challenge ensuring that our products met the stringent ecological specifications set by LOCOG,” said Paul Armstrong, managing director of Select Catering Solutions. “It was a complex operation and a very large order, but everything ran smoothly and arrived on schedule – much like the Games themselves. We are all really proud of what we achieved this summer; it was an honour to be part of such a great national event.”


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