Harborough company helps meet Olympic target of zero waste games




Harborough company helps meet Olympic target of zero waste games

MD Paul Armstrong of Select Catering

A Harborough food packaging company was part the recycling initiative designed to make this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics the first ever zero waste games. Based at Airfield Business Park, Select Catering Solutions (www.selectcateringsolutions.com) 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. 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,” comments 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.”

London 2012 was one of the largest peacetime catering operations and LOCOG’s aim was to serve 14 million sustainably sourced meals this summer to achieve their goal of being the first zero waste games.

Select Catering Solutions is a privately owned family business. The company has their own studio offering a bespoke design service for a wide range of catering disposables and food packaging items for both independent retailers and national chains.

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