Takeaway service provider Deliveroo has announced plans to launch a trial plastic container clean and reuse service for customers and restaurants in Oxford and Cambridge this summer.

Partnering with cleantech company OXWASH, Deliveroo customers will be able to request that their containers are picked up so that participating restaurants can then wash and reuse for future takeaways.

Customers will be able to scan a QR code on their packaging to arrange pickup of used containers or drop off at public units in busy residential areas.

If successful, Deliveroo plans to roll out the trial to more cities in 2020.

The company has seen a 90% drop globally in customers using plastic cutlery after introducing an opt-in button on its website.

Dan Warne, UK MD at Deliveroo, said: “Food delivery is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and at Deliveroo… we’re proud to extend our innovation to help reduce the usage of plastics and promote recycling to our customers.”

Last summer, Deliveroo launched community focused clean-up initiatives which offered Deliveroo credit to locals in exchange for buckets of litter.

This helped to recycle over five tonnes of rubbish found on UK beaches in Southend, Brighton, Torquay, Edinburgh and Blackpool.

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