WasteMINZ has had confirmation that reusable cups, containers and bulk bins are permitted under both Level 3 and 2, provided the food safety risks are managed.

Shaun Lewis, Director Mana Honohono – Investments and Partnerships at the Ministry for Environment, has spoken with officials at both the Ministry of Primary Industries and the Ministry of Health.

“Allowing customers to use reusable cups and containers is up to individual businesses, so long as food safety risks are managed. This applies to all reusable containers, including personal keep cups, in-house reusable coffee cup schemes used by coffee shops, and ‘bring your own container’ schemes operated by supermarkets and butchers. Bulk bins may also be reopened  provided that individual businesses are satisfied the risks related to contamination of the bin lids is being managed effectively.”

In line with Ministry of Health advice, as the COVID-19 response continues, the best ways of staying safe and healthy and also protecting the wider community remain the same: physical distancing, cough and sneeze etiquette, washing hands and more importantly, being alert to signs of being unwell and acting appropriately if you are. It’s also important not to congregate unnecessarily outside cafes or other food outlets while waiting for contactless service under Level 3. 

Takeaway Throwaways (co-founded by WasteMINZ member, Hannah Blumhardt) has created a guide for hospitality outlets wanting to facilitate reusables for contactless takeaway food and drink and countactless pouring for counter service which can be viewed here. 

The video shows how to contactlessly serve coffee in a reusable cup.



For the latest COVID-19 advice, click here  For food safety advice using reusable containers, click here.