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JULY 2006

 

Burgerville Restaurant evaluates food composting program

Burgerville’s progressive environmental approach continues into food waste and trash recycling goals

Vancouver, WA— The Holland, Inc. announced that it has implemented a composting pilot program at its Salmon Creek Burgerville location. Burgerville’s restaurant crew members are disposing of all paper and food waste into a composting container picked up weekly by Waste Connections Inc. of Clark County.

“It’s estimated that food waste accounts for almost 60 percent of what restaurants put in their trash can,” said Lydia Wardle, director of purchasing for The Holland. “It is our goal with this program to try and eliminate that high statistic by reducing the amount of trash filling in our landfills for years to come.”

After being picked up by Waste Connections Inc. of Clark County, the composting materials are then sent to family-owned Cedar Grove Composting, the Pacific Northwest’s leading organic recycling company. Cedar Grove Composting transforms the waste into nutrient-rich compost which is sold for use in new and existing lawns, as a soil amendment for mulch and for use in vegetable gardens.

According to Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development, an estimated 275,000 tons of food and non-recyclable paper are thrown away annually in the metropolitan area. Since the implementation of the program began, The Holland has reduced the size of the garbage container at the Salmon Creek Burgerville while doubling the size of the recycling bin.

The pilot program will be evaluated with the potential for the program to be implemented at all of the 39 Burgerville locations throughout Oregon and Washington.


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