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    Restaurants and foodservice providers can save up to $1.6 billion in food purchasing costs.

    Key Restaurants & Foodservice Provider Actions

    • Further adopt Waste Tracking & Analytics across all facilities and incorporate Imperfect Produce into menus to reduce costs.
    • Shift consumer behavior with Smaller Plates and Trayless Dining in all-you-can-eat facilities.

    Key Restaurants & Foodservice Providers Solutions

    Animal Feed

    Feeding food waste to animals after it is heat treated and dehydrated and either mixed with dry feed or directly fed

    $-52 /ton
    in financial benefit

    49 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    34 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    0 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Top Rated Solution:
    Largest Waste Diverted
    Most Jobs Created

    Centralized Anaerobic Digestion (AD)

    A series of biological processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen resulting in two end products: biogas and digestate. There are many different AD technologies, including wet and dry versions, the latter being generally better suited for food waste mixed with yard waste.

    $21 /ton
    in financial benefit

    1,884 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    1,179 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    0 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    1,933
    jobs created

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    Top Rated Solution:
    Largest Waste Diverted
    Greatest GHG Reduction
    Most Jobs Created

    Centralized Composting

    Composting is the process of transforming organic waste into humus, a critical component of healthy, fertile soil. In rural areas, this can be accomplished by periodically turning large piles, or windrows, of organic waste over themselves using specialized equipment. In more urban areas, Aerated Static Pile (ASP) composting is generally preferred, where piles can be covered and mechanically aerated in order to minimize the site’s footprint and odors.

    $4 /ton
    in financial benefit

    5,037 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    2,605 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    0 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    9,000
    jobs created

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    Commercial Greywater

    An on-site treatment technology, greywater aerobic digesters use combinations of nutrients or enzymes and bacteria to break food organics down until soluble, where it is flushed into the sewage system

    $33 /ton
    in financial benefit

    595 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    0 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    0 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Top Rated Solution:
    Most Cost Effective
    Greatest GHG Reduction
    Most Water Saved

    Consumer Education Campaigns

    Conducting large-scale advocacy campaigns to raise awareness and educate consumers about ways to save money and prevent wasted food.

    $4,531 /ton
    in financial benefit

    584 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    2,336 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    281 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    In-Vessel Composting

    Composting at small-scale at institutions or businesses with heat and mechanical power to compost relatively quickly (less than one month versus more than two months for windrow composting)

    $-95 /ton
    in financial benefit

    12 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    34 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    0 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Top Rated Solution:
    Most Cost Effective

    Packaging Adjustments

    Modifying packaging sizes and designs to optimize consumer consumption and avoid residual container waste

    $3,443 /ton
    in financial benefit

    208 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    830 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    100 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Produce Specifications (Imperfect Produce)

    Accepting and integrating the sale of off-grade produce (short shelf life, different size/shape/color), also known as "imperfect produce", into food business menu planning and product lines

    $1,039 /ton
    in financial benefit

    266 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    422 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    39 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Smaller Plates

    Using smaller-sized plates in all-you-can-eat dining establishments to minimize consumer food waste

    $2,147 /ton
    in financial benefit

    178 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    711 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    86 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Spoilage Prevention Packaging

    Packaging technologies that actively slow fruit and meat spoilage through ethylene absorption and other techniques

    $2,326 /ton
    in financial benefit

    72 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    329 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    44 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Top Rated Solution:
    Most Cost Effective
    Most Water Saved

    Standardized Date Labeling

    Standardizing food label dates, including eliminating visible “sell by” dates, to reduce consumer confusion

    $4,547 /ton
    in financial benefit

    398 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    1,593 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    192 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

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    Trayless Dining

    Eliminating trays in all-you-can-eat dining facilities to reduce over-portioning by consumers

    $2,253 /ton
    in financial benefit

    83 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    332 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    40 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

    Learn How >

    Top Rated Solution:
    Greatest GHG Reduction
    Most Water Saved

    Waste Tracking & Analytics

    Providing restaurants and food service providers with data on wasteful practices to inform behavioral and operational changes

    $2,282 /ton
    in financial benefit

    571 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    2,306 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    317 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    0
    jobs created

    Learn How >

    Tools for action

    The Roadmap demonstrates that achieving a 20% reduction in food waste will generate a positive financial, social, and environmental return on investment. To make that happen, crosscutting actions are needed in four areas. Click to learn more about each tool.

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