Good to Go pilot

Doggy bag pilot to be extended.

19 Mar 15

A hugely successful pilot scheme to offer diners doggy bags is set to be extended across Scotland, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced.

The 16 restaurants participating in Zero Waste Scotland’s Good to Go trial saw dramatic reductions in food waste from customers’ plates - an average of 42 per cent per restaurant. And 92 per cent of diners surveyed who took food home ate it.

If restaurants across Scotland routinely offered doggy bags to customers, it could save the equivalent of 800,000 full meals going in the bin every year. Eateries across the country are now being urged to sign up for Good to Go.

On a visit to the Edinburgh Larder Bistro, which participated in the pilot, Mr Lochhead said:

“Scotland produces some of the best food and drink to be found anywhere in the world, and it is a crying shame that one in six meals served in restaurants is currently being thrown away – a waste of food and a waste of money.

“Doggy bags are a great way to prevent waste and give diners better value for money, and I am absolutely delighted that ‘Good to Go’ is now being rolled out across the country after the success of the pilot scheme. As we work towards achieving our zero waste ambitions and Scotland becoming a Good Food Nation, I encourage as many catering and food businesses as possible to sign up.”

Ylva Haglund from Zero Waste Scotland said:

“I’m delighted that the scheme has been so successful. Our research showed that three-quarters of people wanted to see doggy bags offered in restaurants but half were too embarrassed to ask for them, and the fact that so many people during the pilot with leftover food used the Good to Go boxes shows that if you make it a normal thing to do, people will take food home. That’s why we’re now promoting this scheme across Scotland.

“We’re seeing great strides in food waste prevention through the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, and in household food waste recycling through council collections, so it’s great to see this issue being tackled in restaurants as well and engaging with people when eating out.”

Eleanor Cunningham from the Edinburgh Larder Bistro said:

“As well as helping us to reduce the amount of food being thrown away, we’ve also had a great response from our customers to the ‘Good to Go’ trial, who were keen to take home what they couldn’t eat for later. It’s therefore great to see the scheme being offered across Scotland, and I would encourage other restaurants to sign up.

“Our business is based on a sustainable ethos and this campaign helped us to communicate that message and increase dialogue about food waste with our customers.”


Scottish Government - Catherine Brown : 0131 244 2560 / 07825 106156

Zero Waste Scotland - Chloe Bellany : 01786 239764 / 07540 517127 

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