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Restaurants recycle cups, corks, oil and food waste

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in SmartBrief on Restaurants — tracks feedback from restaurant owners and managers about current trends and issues.

Last week’s poll question: Does your restaurant recycle?

  • My restaurant voluntarily recycles everything possible — 61.29%
  • We are obligated by law to recycle some products, such as bottles and cans — 8.06%
  • No, we don’t recycle anything — 18.55%
  • My restaurant doesn’t recycle, but it’s something we are considering — 12.1%

It’s not difficult — or expensive — for restaurants to invest in some sustainability initiatives. It’s a trend that operators and managers can explore incrementally. While some restaurants have replaced their appliances with energy-efficient versions and others have substituted biodegradable products for plastic, one of the simplest things a restaurant can do is start recycling.

But recycling isn’t limited to tossing your restaurant’s bottles into the correct bin. Here’s a roundup of examples of how some restaurants are exploring recycling:

Have you ever worked with another restaurant on a recycling initiative?

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