Sustainable MAC


Catering: Local & Sustainable

Photo by Tom Bird

Nearly all of our disposables are now plant-based from Vegware™, made from renewable materials. This means our cups, lids and straws are completely compostable. 

We sell also sell reusable coffee cups in MAC Shop.

Photo by Jack Spicer Adams
Photo by Tom Bird

Our sandwich packaging has moved away from plastic to cardboard packaging, which is easier to recycle.

We are proud to serve products sourced from our local community wherever possible, and have changed suppliers of alcohol, coffee and disposables from large organisations to smaller local companies – reducing emissions from transportation.

MAC is proud to offer a variety of Fairtrade® products including coffees, teas and chocolate. We only use free-range eggs.

Images by Jack Spicer Adams


We have significantly reduced waste from MAC’s catering operation since reopening. Table service allows more control over waste management, and we have eliminated single use plastic sauce sachets and similar. We sell canned water rather than water in plastic bottles and our disposables are Vegware.

We now have a formal Waste Policy appended to our Environmental Policy.

In 2019 MAC recycled over 7.5 tonnes of cardboard! And 80% of MAC’s printing paper is now recycled paper.

MAC has separate recycling streams for paper and card; glass; cooking oil and food waste. In the past, recycling oil has contributed to a greenhouse gas emission reduction of 4740kg.

We have recently started separating food waste from our kitchen. Since February 2018, 600kg of food waste has been sent to anaerobic digestion.

Our general waste is sorted at a recycling plant and non-recyclable waste is used as refuse-derived fuel. Zero goes to landfill.