With the green initiative on the rise, restaurants everywhere are trying to make a conscious effort to be more environmentally friendly. It feels good when you are helping out the environment and your restaurant is more sustainable. Fusion restaurants, fast food restaurants and everything in between can all participate in this initiative with minimal effort. Depending on the state in which you live, you may even qualify for a tax credit. Restaurant owners in Appleton, Wisconsin are definitely trying to be more green because that is the latest trend and it also helps this wonderful planet we inhabit!
The National Restaurant Association has come up with some tips and tricks to get you started on your green initiative. If you follow these simple tips, you will be well on your way to becoming more sustainable as a restaurant. From fast food to fine dining and fusion, everyone can participate in these steps and feel good about a job well done.
The first tip is to recycle your cardboard instead of packing it into your trash dumpster. This will minimize trips to the landfill for the waste management company that comes to collect your trash. It will also lead to less pollution in the air from their big dump trucks. It will also eliminate the need for a large trash receptacle and if your cardboard is not contaminated with germs from raw food (like beer boxes), then this cardboard could be recycled into a new product like paper cups! In your fusion restaurant, make sure your employees only drink out of cups that can be washed. Throwing away a cup every time they need a refill is a great way to waste money and further pollute our environment!
You should also try to conserve water in your fusion restaurant. Do not simply just look at your water bill, but instead, look at all of the components that make this bill as high as it is. The thing on the list that uses the most water should be addressed first. There is more than likely a way for you to minimize water usage, even if it is only a very small amount.
Food waste is also a common thing in restaurants. It is sad to say, but it is a necessary evil. We are only human and sometimes mistakes are made. Your fusion restaurant is no different than any other food manufacturer. Keep a record of what gets trashed and why. Then you can brainstorm on ways to minimize food waste.
Lizz Taylor has worked in the Food and Beverage industry for half of her life and has seen her fair share of successful green restaurants.