In a bid to encourage customers do away with plastic bags for carrying food parcels, hotels in Tamil Nadu have announced discounts to those who bring their own utensils.
M Ravi, president, Chennai Hotels Association, said, “On an average, each food parcel costs us around 3% to 4% of the bill amount. If customers bring their own utensils, they can benefit. We have asked members to put up boards at their restaurants informing the customers about the offer.”
The Tamil Nadu Hotels Association has announced a 5% discount on the bill if customers bring their own utensils and bags for food parcels.
The move by the hospitality industry comes in the backdrop of the state government’s decision to ban plastic items from January 1, 2019.
Ravi added: “The plan is to make them bring utensils and vessels to carry the food. A resolution was passed recently, offering five per cent discount on the bill if customers bring the utensils.”
It may be recalled that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had announced in the state Assembly in June this year that use of plastic items, including non-biodegradable bags, would be banned from January 1, 2019 in the interest of the environment and to ‘gift a plastic-free’ state to the future generations.