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New reusable solution for BASF's take-away business
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New reusable solution for BASF's take-away business

In the canteens at the Ludwigshafen and Lampertheim sites, guests can currently only pick up food to take away, packaged in disposable dishes, due to Corona. Waste prevention plays a major role in BASF's catering operations. Therefore, a reusable system will be rolled out starting in May.

However, the resulting waste has long been a thorn in the side of the BASF catering team. "Waste avoidance plays a central role in the sustainability strategy of the catering business. As early as 2020, we had the goal of dispensing with disposable materials in the to-go business and switched to reusable containers that people bring with them," says Claus Hitschler, responsible for communal catering at the Ludwigshafen site "Unfortunately, Corona slowed us down a bit in the process and we had to switch back to disposable materials for hygiene reasons. At the same time, we continued to search for a suitable reusable alternative and are glad to have found it with the Vytal system."

Free system for employees

The Vytal system is free of charge for employees and is controlled via an app that everyone downloads themselves from the app store on their mobile phones. As soon as it is possible again within the framework of hygiene requirements, the catering trade will generally dispense with disposable material for taking away food. This will then only be possible in Vytal trays or your own reusable containers. The deposit-free reusable system will now be launched in all company restaurants at the locations from May onwards. This was preceded by a pilot project in two canteens on the company site, which started at the end of February: During the test phase, which lasted several weeks, more than 8,600 disposable boxes have already been saved, which corresponds to a good 180 garbage bags.
The Vytal system is free of charge for employees and is controlled via an app that everyone downloads themselves from the app store on their mobile phones.
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The Vytal system is free of charge for employees and is controlled via an app that everyone downloads themselves from the app store on their mobile phones.

In addition to the use of the reusable system, BASF Gastronomie is also focusing on other factors to promote sustainability in the canteens: BASF SE was the first company in Germany to join the international "Cool Food Pledge" initiative back in 2019. In doing so, BASF committed to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of the catering services at the Ludwigshafen site by 25 percent by 2030.
Weighing system
In order to minimise food waste, an intelligent weighing system has been in use in the Feierabendhaus restaurant since March 2019. This system measures and stores to the gram which food waste is generated and where it comes from - from the kitchen, the self-service counter or from the food plates, whether the leftovers are display plates at the serving counter or reserve samples that are used for food inspection. The weighing system is now also being used in two other canteens on the factory premises. Since the IT system, called "Winnow", was introduced, BASF Gastronomie has saved around 11.7 metric tons of food waste in the three canteens to date. This corresponds to over 29,000 meals and approximately 50.1 metric tons of CO2 savings.
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