Sustainability continues to be an important topic of discussion in most industries. According to Pew Research, two-thirds of adults in the United States believe we should do more to care for the environment and eliminate waste. The restaurant industry has struggled with this harsh reality for decades. In fact, restaurants are some of the biggest contributors to food waste due to FDA rules against food reuse.
Restaurants have received composting as a solution to the long-standing problem of food waste in the industry. Composting allows restaurants to direct up to 95% of their food waste to something that helps the environment. In addition, many popular and successful restaurants do more than that ̵
What is composting?
Compost can be defined as "a mixture of various decayed organic substances, such as dead leaves or food, used to fertilize soil. “Composting is the process of making compost. The composting process makes it possible to break down organic material waste (food) of microorganisms in the presence of oxygen to a point where it can be used as a fertilizer for future growth. It takes time and is a completely natural process.
5 Tips for Composting Restaurants for Beginners
Let's go into some tips to help your restaurant reduce food waste and save money.
1. Consider using a commercial compost bin outdoors
If your restaurant has outdoor space for composting, this may be your best option. Usually, composting should take place from other outdoor areas where patrons can gather or eat. Behind the restaurant or in an alley there may be good options.
Best of Machinery has a great guide to help you choose a compost bin outdoors.
2. Pay attention to what can and cannot be composted
It is important to note that not all food waste can be composted / recycled. Pay special attention to what can not compost as a mistake can destroy the sensitive ecosystem needed to properly break down waste.
Can be composted
|Fruit and vegetable residues|
|] Coffee grounds & filters|
|Biodegradable paper napkins|
|Farm clippings and plants|
Can not be composted
|Sick 19659017] Dairy|
|Meat and bones|
|Oil or fat – specifically from a fryer|
3. Training and educating staff in composting procedures
Convincing your staff to purchase your composting program will drastically improve adhesion and that it is done correctly. Explain to them that this is an important step in reducing the environmental impact. Commercial kitchens tend to be extremely hectic and hectic – it's not uncommon for the overall good to get lost in the mix. Consider rolling out a training program that can help protect the investments you have made in composting by providing staff with the training required for food waste.
4. Introducing eco-friendly materials in the restaurant
Using eco-friendly recyclable materials will increase the efficiency of your composting program. Consider adding and using the following in your restaurant:
- Biodegradable plates
- Compostable takeout containers
- Compostable bins
5. Announcing your composting efforts to the public
Implementing a composting program in your restaurant is something to be proud of and it can give you excellent public relations opportunities. Consider making signs in the restaurant that communicate your efforts to bring sustainability to your business model. Some restaurants choose to create a new "compost only" bin next to the trash where customers can contribute to the process.
Protect your livelihood
Your restaurant is your livelihood, and it is our job to do everything we can to help you protect it. By choosing Society, you not only get one of the most comprehensive insurance plans for your company, but a partner who is dedicated to your company's continued success.
Contact your local community agent to discuss coverage options for your restaurant or restaurant industry.