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Good to Go pilot report

A scheme piloted in 16 restaurants promoting doggy bags for leftover food to customers

The ‘Good to Go’ pilot scheme ran in 16 restaurants in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Irvine and East Kilbride with over 1400 containers given out during the 8 week trial.

The restaurants offered and promoted doggy bags, on posters and table top adverts and through restaurant staff talking to diners.


  • Food waste from diners’ plates fell by an average of 42% per participating restaurant.
  • Around half this reduction was due to diners taking food home, with further reductions achieved from other measures such as adjusting portion sizes, changed menu options, and checking if diners actually wanted sides such as chips or vegetables.
  • 92% of diners surveyed who took food home ate it.
  • Staff from all of the participating restaurants reported excellent feedback from customers about the pilot.
  • If restaurants across Scotland routinely offered doggy bags to customers it could save the equivalent of alost 800,000 full meals going in the bin.

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Get Good to Go boxes for your restaurant

We will be  offering starter packs to cafes and restaurants in Scotland which include:

  • Good to Go boxes
  • Guidance
  • Promotional materia

The first 50 cafes and restaurants to sign up will be given the starter pack for free.

If you are interested in getting involved you should contact goodtogo@zerowastescotland.org.uk to sign up to the scheme.

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