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Why Restaurants Need To Stop Littering


If you consider that glass bottles take up to a million years to break down, plastic bags between 10 to 20 years, and plastic bottles 450 years, it quickly becomes apparent that litter is a bigger problem than you might have previously thought.

In Sydney last year, 267,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste was collected, while half of this was recycled, the rest became landfill.

Restaurants are probably the biggest repeat offenders when it comes to littering.

Some of the biggest offenders for littering locally are Sydney restaurants, who don’t adequately dispose of their litter or provide bins for customers where they can put their rubbish. Around fast food restaurants littering is common and it’s not unusual to see packaging and cups tossed carelessly on sidewalks and gutters. So how can we make a difference?

Here at WholesalePak, we offer many types of bio-degradable packaging that are made from sustainable materials at environmentally friendly factories. If even half of the restaurants of Sydney switched to a more sustainable option for their takeaway containers, we’d be a much cleaner and healthier city.


While some litter may be recovered, the rest often makes its ways into waterways, where it affects and even kills aquatic life. Litter also blocks storm water drains, causing flooding and becoming a fire hazard. This is why it’s so important to use sustainable materials for your food packaging. You can read more about this in our blog on the unsung perks of using eco-friendly takeaway containers. These carbon neutral products are for those restaurants that truly care, so keep an eye out for them at Bondi Tony’s, Speedos, and many more!


Recyclable and biodegradable packaging breaks down much quicker than plastic, for a more environmentally friendly alternative. If you’re looking for top quality recyclable and biodegradable packaging products as an alternative to polystyrene, we specialise in eco-packaging, manufactured from fully sustainable materials.

Contact the team at WholesalePak for assistance with all of your food packaging needs. You can also send us an email if you have any questions you’d like answered.

In addition to embracing more eco-friendly packaging, it is crucial that restaurants invest in recycling and ensure their rubbish is picked up regularly. Restaurants also need to provide bins around their premises so that customers have somewhere to dispose of their rubbish.We appreciate any comments on our article, so if you have further insight into how to stop or minimise littering around Sydney restaurants, let us know on Facebook or shoot us an email!