Each day, we prepare and deliver over 20,000 made from scratch breakfasts, lunches, snacks and suppers. That's 20,000 servings of freshly chopped produce and all the rinds, peels and seeds that come with serving fresh foods. Last year, we conducted an audit of our company practices around waste management in our kitchen. Our goal was to track how much organic and non organic waste our kitchen produced daily, so we could implement more sustainable methods for waste management. In honor of Earth Day, we'd like to share our findings with you as we get one step closer to our goal of becoming a Zero Waste to Landfill facility.
To date, we've launched the following initiatives in our kitchen:
- Compost 100% of organic waste from our kitchen
- Recycle all paper, plastic and metal materials
- Minimize our landfill garbage by buying whole foods and using less packaged products
Red Rabbit Recycling Statistics
We're proud to say that over 70% of our total waste is 100% compostable. Our compost goes straight from the cutting board to the compost bin and never even touches a garbage bag. Within 48 hours, our compost is picked up and sent to a pig farm in Connecticut to be used as fertilizer.
In an effort to reduce more waste in the recyclables category, we've purchased a can crusher for our facility. Crushing our cans instead of recycling them whole allows us to maximize our space and reduces the amount of truck pickups required, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.
Of course, in order to sustain a successful composting and recycling program, we need to educate all members of our team on the value of building sustainable practices into our routines. At Red Rabbit, we've done just that and have 100% participation in our waste management program, from our prep cooks, to our packout crew to our driving team. We're excited about what we've accomplished so far, and we hope you'll join us in reducing waste in your community.
Here are some easy ways to reduce waste at your school or office:
- Switch to reusable plastic or ceramic dishes at your school or office. Disposable plastic supplies create tons of waste. Plus, using real dishware will really elevate your lunch game.
- Start a composting program. It can be as easy as purchasing a small worm bin. For tips on how to get started, read our step by step Guide to Composting here.
- Clearly label recycling bins and receptacles, and place several around your school or office so it's easy for anyone to participate in your recycling program.