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Deliveroo and Oxwash set to launch plastic container clean & recycle service
Deliveroo, in partnership with innovative cleantech company Oxwash, will be launching a first-of-its-kind takeaway container cleaning service for customers and restaurants in Oxford and Cambridge this Summer.
The new service comes thanks to the partnership with Oxwash, who will be integrating its award-winning operation with Deliveroo's world-class technology and market leading food delivery network.
The trial, beginning in August, will allow Deliveroo customers to request that their containers be picked up so that participating restaurants in Oxford and Cambridge can then wash and reuse the containers for future takeaways.
Deliveroo and Oxwash will be using the trial period to identify the most efficient and easiest customer experience, with a view at deploying the service to more cities in 2020. Deliveroo customers will either be able to scan a QR code found on their Deliveroo packaging to arrange pickup of used containers or drop off the containers at easy-to-locate public units in high-density residential areas.
The trial comes following Deliveroo's world-first opt-in button for plastic cutlery, which has seen a huge 90% drop globally in customers using plastic cutlery. Deliveroo also launched its own packaging store, providing restaurant partners around the world with access to recyclable and biodegradable packaging.
Last summer Deliveroo also launched community focused clean-up initiatives, offering Deliveroo credit to locals in exchange for buckets of litter. The initiative helped to clean up and recycle over 5 tonnes of rubbish found on UK beaches in Southend, Brighton, Torquay, Edinburgh and Blackpool.
Dan Warne, UK managing director at Deliveroo says of the initiative: "food delivery is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and at Deliveroo we're proud to be the innovator, giving customers amazing food, restaurants extra business and riders well-paid work. We're also proud to be able to extend our innovation to help reduce the usage of plastics and promote recycling to our customers."
Kyle Grant at Oxwash adds: "We're proud to be working with the world leaders in food to bring this innovative new model to the market in the battle against single use plastic waste. I'm confident that the integration of our operation with Deliveroo's outstanding commitment to sustainability will make a rapid change to the amount of plastic waste entering the planet's ecosystems."
Deliveroo is an award-winning delivery service founded in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski. It works with over 80,000 best-loved restaurants and takeaways, as well as 60,000 riders to provide the best food delivery experience in the world. Headquartered in London, it has 2,500 employees in offices around the globe and operates in over 500 towns and cities across 14 markets, including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the UK.
Oxwash is an award-winning cleantech (or rather washtech) company founded in 2017 by Drs Kyle C Grant and Aron Ping D'Souza. Bringing to market the world's first truly zero-emission hyper-local washing platform combining next-generation local delivery platforms with renewable energy driven washing processes and biodegradable detergent chemistry, it is headquartered in Oxford, UK with expansion to six other cities planned for the next 12 months.
25th April 2019