NSW EPA-Cafes-Restaurants-Factsheet.pdf - Reducing business waste – Cafés and restaurants Serve great food with green benefits Businesses in NSW

NSW EPA-Cafes-Restaurants-Factsheet.pdf - Reducing business...

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1 Serve great food with green benefits Reducing business waste – Cafés and restaurants Quick fact Each year a typical café or restaurant generates up to 17.5m 3 of waste per employee, or 1.7m 3 of waste for every 1m 2 of floor space 2 . Businesses in NSW could recover an additional 140,529 tonnes of food waste or prevent 281 million meals from going to landfill each year 1 . Food waste fills over 60% of the bin of an average café or restaurant, with paper and cardboard occupying another 18% 2 . That means about 80% of the bin contents could be recycled or recovered instead of going to landfill. Seventy-five per cent of cafés, restaurants and accommodation businesses agree that reducing waste and increasing recycling is part of being a sustainable and ethical business 3 . Fifty-three per cent of businesses agree that efficient waste and recycling gives them a competitive edge 3 .
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2 Contents of a typical waste bin in a café or restaurant Want to save on waste? Join 20,000 businesses already recycling more with the EPA’s Bin Trim Program. Get free advice and support to waste less and recycle more. Get up to $50,000 back on recycling equipment. Find a Bin Trim assessor online . Typical waste profile of a cafe or restaurant (% weight of waste generated) 2 Plastic wrap, bags and plastic containers Other (wood, textiles, steel and residual waste) Co-mingled/mixed recycling Food waste Paper and cardboard 4% 4% 18% 62% 12%
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3 Coffs Harbour restaurant reduces waste by 130,000 kg Hello Sawtell managed to reduce its waste to landfill by over 130,000 kg per year through the EPA’s Bin Trim Program. The restaurant worked with Handybin Waste Services Coffs Harbour to improve the separation of food waste and educate staff on the materials to place in each recycling bin. The restaurant now has six (120-litre) food organics recycling bins collected three times a week for reprocessing. An additional 11,000 kg of paper towels are also recycled. Join Bin Trim now .
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