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Case Studies and Resources

Why Isn't Your Restaurant Recycling?

According to a recent survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association, roughly two-thirds (about 65 percent) of all operators questioned say they now have a recycling program in place at their restaurants. And while the number of restaurants that recycle their wastes is growing, there are still thousands that do not. Is your restaurant one of them?

The reasons many restaurants cite for not recycling include: not having enough space to accommodate a second or third dumpster; a lack of knowledge about which materials are actually recyclable; and the assumption that recycling takes too much time and effort on the part of management and staff to learn and comply with recycling rules and practices. But a professional waste management company can answer all of your questions and provide simple, cost-effective solutions so that your restaurant can easily implement a recycling program, according to Michael Mintz, CEO of Waste Cost Solutions.

"A knowledgeable customer service representative will sit down with you and have a discussion to come up with a clear picture of your restaurant's waste stream and the type and amount of recyclable materials in that waste stream," he explains. "Then, he or she will design a plan that works for you — including training for your staff on which items are recyclable and how to sort them, delivery of the proper receptacles for different types of recyclable materials, and a schedule for pick-up of those materials."

Topics: waste removal recycling restaurants Dumpster Garbage Removal restaurant waste management

Composting: A Responsible Choice for Recycling Food Waste

Restaurants across the country are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious in their recycling efforts. Recycling waste materials helps ease the burden on overcrowded landfills, decreases pollution in the land, water and air, and contributes to the use sustainable resources.

Composting is a natural way to recycle organic material into a rich soil amendment that can be used as fertilizer and can also help soil retain water. This valuable recycling practice is gaining popularity not only among residential households, but also within the food service industry.

According the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national non-profit organization that educates restaurants, manufacturers, distributors, and consumers about becoming more environmentally responsible, the average restaurant produces 100,000 pounds of garbage per year and food waste comprises about half of a restaurant's waste stream. Additionally, the GRA reports that nearly 95 percent of this waste could be recycled or composted.

"Composting is a great way for restaurants and other food service operations to demonstrate their environmental commitment to their communities," states Michael Mintz, CEO of Waste Cost Solutions. "Organic wastes such as leftover food and paper products can be turned into rich compost that could be used as fertilizer for community gardens and other sustainability projects, rather than disposing of it in local landfills, along with the rest of the trash."

Mintz adds that a reputable waste management company can help restaurants and other food service businesses achieve their green and sustainability goals by tailoring a plan for waste removal that includes composted materials. They can help by:

Topics: recycling Composting restaurants restaurant waste management