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."