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
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.