Domino’s trials ‘lineless box’ as it looks to lose single-use plastics

Pizza company Domino’s is set to phase out single-use plastic in more than 710 stores nationwide – removing the use of plastic straws and spoons from its distribution network by 30 June 2021.

Estimated to save more than two metric tonnes of plastic per year, the company’s move to biodegradable paper straws and wooden spoons will see a reduction in the circulation of single-use plastic by up to 2.85 million pieces annually.

Domino’s Australia and New Zealand CEO Nick Knight said Domino’s is proud to be doing its part to help ease plastic pollution across the country.

“As we approach World Environment Day on 5 June, it’s a timely reminder about the negative impact single-use plastic has on our environment, in particular our oceans and waterways,” Knight said. “…we know we have the responsibility and opportunity to make a significant change and are proud to be taking positive steps forward by reducing plastic consumption, and our environmental footprint.

“By removing single-use plastic straws and cutlery like spoons from Domino’s stores, we will expel more than ~2 metric tonnes of plastic from our system. Recycling is also a great way to help cut down on the increasingly growing landfill problem, which is why [we]… use recycled materials in our sundae packaging and our thick shake cups are PET.”

Domino’s is also trialling a ‘lineless box’ concept that aims to remove secondary plastic packaging from its supply chain. The company’s ANZ chief procurement officer, Paul Connors, said the results of the trial could change the company’s supply chain forever.

“We genuinely believe there is a huge opportunity to improve the way we efficiently deliver food and packaging to stores that is more environmentally friendly and sustainable,” he said. “This trial has been more than 18-months in the making and has involved some of the greatest minds in Australia’s food manufacturers and supply chains coming together to develop an innovative, word-class solution.”

Domino’s new lineless box removes the need for plastic packaging with an approved food-grade lining that seals all folds, removing more than 100 metric tonnes of single-use plastic per year.

The lineless box is also 100 per cent recyclable and expected to help lower food wastage and improve food preparation times in stores.

“Domino’s stores participating in the lineless box trial (located in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast) received their first delivery in late May,” Mr Connors said.

“We look forward to reviewing the results of this trial and exploring future sustainable supply chain practices and opportunities within the QSR industry.”