Allport Cargo Services (ACS) has committed to removing avoidable single-use plastics completely by 2021 and replacing them with sustainable alternatives.

The freight, supply chain and logistics company, part of EV Cargo, said it had already removed 51,000 single-use plastic seals used by its fleet and was replacing them with “a digital solution”.

Its single-use plastic policy addresses plastic used for catering, cleaning, office materials, packaging, warehouses and transport and the company has introduced 16 initiatives to support its complete elimination within two years.

They include replacing plastic seals with static security combination locks that generate random codes for each load; replacing brown plastic packing tape with a paper-based option and using team building days to focus on environmental activities such as beach clearances.

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In addition, all employees are being provided with a reusable drinking bottle.

Clyde Buntrock, ACS chief executive officer, said: “With so much information in the public domain on the effect of single use plastic on the environment, from primary schools to parliament, I strongly feel this is the right thing to do.

“This is not a perfect science, and we are not claiming to be complete on day one, but as a directional strategy as part of EV Cargo’s wider environmental targets, our aim is to relentlessly and realistically avoid single-use plastic in our daily operations.”

Asked how much the policy is expected to cost ACS, a company spokesman said: “The policy will require investment in certain areas but we expect a return and operational benefits further down the line.”