Scottish eateries trial doggy bag scheme

Several Scottish locations are involved in a new scheme called Good to Go, which will support customers in taking leftovers with them after dining out.

The aim of the Zero Waste Scotland scheme is to help stop so much food waste being created by restaurants.

Customers taking part in the pilot scheme will get to take food they're unable to finish away using branded containers. Certain eateries in the Scottish cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Irvine are taking part.

WRAP research has found that some three in four diners would like doggy bags to be on offer in restaurants. However, some 50 per cent said they would be too embarrassed to actually ask to have one.

The new scheme promotes take-away containers very visibly, displaying branding linked to them in eateries.

The idea is that it will become more socially acceptable to leave with leftovers.

Through the pilot, it's hoped that knowledge will be gained about what impact the initiative's action has on restaurant food waste.

"Over 53,000 tonnes of food is thrown away in restaurants in Scotland each year, which is not only a huge waste of money, it’s also a huge waste of good food and the energy and water that went into producing it," said Zero Waste Scotland director, Iain Gulland.

The scheme's pilot is set to be in action until May 25th, and research is set to look into its effect, before the scheme is potentially given a national stage.

At the moment, it's in place in eight Glasgow eateries, one in Edinburgh, one in Irvine and one in East Kilbride.

"Research shows that most people want to take leftovers home to enjoy later, but are embarrassed to ask, so the ‘Good to Go’ pilot is all about making it a normal, mainstream thing to do," Mr Gulland said.

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