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New study assesses the climate impact of Reusable Systems versus Single-use Takeaway Packaging

This study involves modelling to measure the greenhouse gas emissions from reusable takeaway packaging compared to single-use equivalents.

The results indicate that, for most types of takeaway packaging used in Europe, reuse through a safe, efficient system for collection, washing, inspection, and redistribution has potential to yield greater environmental benefits than recycling or discarding single-use containers.

The study highlights key aspects to optimise in designing and operating reuse systems. It also clearly indicates that, despite being a challenging sector to implement reuse, it is possible that climate change benefits can be realised by doing so.

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