The National Restaurant Association (NRA) unveiled new research that shows a substantial number of operators are implementing sustainability best practices into their businesses.
The survey of 1,000 full-service and quick-service operators found that nearly three-quarters of operators recycled used fryer oil, fats, and grease. More than six in 10 recycled cardboard and paper, used compact fluorescent lighting, and bought products made of recycled materials. About three in 10 installed faucet aerators to conserve water.
“More operators are looking at ways to increase efficiency – environmentally and fiscally,” says Scott DeFife, executive vice president of policy and government affairs for the NRA. “Restaurateurs today know a lot more about how sustainability can reduce utility costs and, in some cases, increase profitability.”
Key findings determined that:
· 74 percent recycled used fryer oil, fats, and grease
· 66 percent recycled cardboard and paper
· 63 percent used compact fluorescent lighting
· 61 percent purchased products made of recycled materials
· 48 percent installed low-flush toilets or waterless urinals
· 41 percent purchased products that can be composted
· 29 percent installed aerators on faucets
· 22 percent donated leftover food to food banks or similar organizations
· 17 percent composted food waste
Through its Conserve initiative, the NRA provides sustainable tips, tools, and best practices for the foodservice industry.