Dear Royal Museums Greenwich,
I would like to know how many units of single use plastics and other single use disposable items have been purchased in the last 3 years for each of the museums you manage, namely: National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, and the Queen’s House.
In particular, could you please state the total number, i.e individual units (broken down by calendar year and individual museum as listed above) for items including:
-single use coffee cups
-single use plastic containers
-single use plastic cutlery
-any other single use plastic items
- Disposable plates
Finally, could you please outline what, if any, recycling facilities, practises or procedures you have at the Royal Observatory cafe.
Dear Mr Beardmore,
Thank you for your email of 5 May 2019 which I confirm has been dealt with
in accordance with Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please find below responses to your questions:
Please note we can only supply information from the catering outlets for
the last year as previously we had three separate caterers supplying the
site from whom we do not have data.
The data supplied cannot be broken down by venue as we order centrally for
the entire site.
Please see the chart below which breaks down how many of each item you
requested we have ordered via our caterers:
Description Pack Size Total Qty
Coffee cups 404519 374W 4OZ WHITE HOT CUPS 1x1000 1
Coffee cups 404535 378W 8OZ WHITE HOT CUPS 1x1000 4
Coffee cups 406337 TP7 7OZ COLD DRINK CUPS 1x1000 9
Coffee cups ROYAL MUS GREENWICH (NEW) 12OZ CUPS 1x1000 122
Coffee cups ROYAL MUSEUMS GREENWICH 4OZ CUP 1x1000 32
Coffee cups ROYAL MUSEUMS GREENWICH 8OZ CUP 1x1000 35
Container A18003 2OZ CLEAR PORTION POTS 1x2500 8
Container BOW12018N BOWL RND CLEAR 600ML(C) 1x360 3
Container BOW12012 BOWL RND CLEAR 350ML(A) 1x500 1
Container BOW12016 BOWL RND CLEAR 500ML(A) 1x500 19
Container QR4Q 4OZ ROUND POT 1x1000 1x1000 24
Container PET0330CLAS 330ML BOTTLES 1x181 1x181 219
Container RR93420FS-PB CD12 12/14OZ POLARITY 1x1000 2
Container FG612AC GOVT STAMP HALF PINT TUMB 1x1000 7
Container FG616C GOVT STAMP 1 PINT TUMBLER 1x1000 3
Cutlery JPSS-E HV/WEIGHT BLACK SOUP SPOON 1x1000 1
Cutlery PF1-E BLACK LIGHTWEIGHT FORK 1x1000 13
Cutlery PK1-E BLACK LIGHTWEIGHT KNIFE 1x1000 6
Cutlery PS1-E BLACK L/WEIGHT DESSERT SPOON 1x1000 13
Disp Plates 15152 6" WHITE PAPER PLATES 1x1000 1
Disp Plates BP17P-R GOODLIFE 7" ROUND PLATES 1x1000 4
Disp Plates CH401101 6.75 WHITE CHINET PLATE 1x1400 17
Disp Plates D06009 7" BAGASSE PAPER PLATE 1x500 1x500 66
In addition, RMG themselves have ordered 9,000 plastic cups over the 3
years. For information in 2019 we have changed to ordering paper cups.
The Museum splits waste into differing streams for recycling purposes.
Where practicable bins are provided for dry recycling (cans, cardboard,
glass, and plastic) and general waste. The process is also in place for
the ROG café operation as well as across the Museum estate. At the main
Museum, where space allows, we also split out kitchen food waste as a
separate stream. The grounds team undertake a composting programme for
garden waste independently from to other waste streams. Food waste is not
composted on site due to the risk of vermin.
I hope that you are happy with the service you have received in relation
to your request but if not and you wish to make a complaint you should in
the first instance write to me, Jane Costantini, Governance and Museum
If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. (Generally, the
Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted
the above complaints procedure provided by the National Maritime Museum.)
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.
Governance and Museum Records Manager
Direct +44 (0)208 312 6636
Royal Museums Greenwich
National Maritime Museum | Cutty Sark
Royal Observatory | The Queen's House
+44 (0)208 858 4422
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