WASTENOT BY COMPASS GROUP
“Recycling” seems to be the banner of many green initiatives, but it’s actually one of the later steps to be taken in efforts to stabilize our environment through better waste management. There is much more we can do to reduce waste in the first place. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hierarchy suggests that we must first focus on reducing food waste at the source.
WasteNot was developed by Compass to track, measure and reduce food waste at the unit level to save on hauling costs, production costs and food waste. It focuses on three key categories:
UNUSED/OUT-OF- DATE INVENTORY
The program can be used with other product cost-containment initiatives and is uniquely designed for front line associates. It gives them the tools, perspective and ownership they need to track and report on food waste by station.
By reducing this waste, we reduce the costs and carbon footprint of disposal, and on the front end, the energy of processing, packaging and delivery of the food in the first place.
In the U.S., we send 40 percent of all of the food we produce to landfills. Some people might dismiss this as naturally biodegradable. But in a landfill, the food degradation process forms methane, a greenhouse gas that’s around 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide!
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