- 60% of consumers prefer to patronize restaurants that recycle, 51% saying they would be willing to pay a premium at restaurants that recycle.1
- Over 50% of foodservice operators believe that they will need a socially responsible strategy to remain competitive in the next two years.1
- In 2012, the U.S. recycled and composted 87 million tons of waste which is equivalent to removing the CO2 emissions of over 33 million vehicles.4
- 85% of consumers would be willing to sort their trash in the proper bins provided by a restaurant. Two-thirds recycle waste at home after finishing their take-out or delivery meals.5
The average amount of trash each American creates per day
Latest U.S. population3
Number of tons of municipal waste, which goes into landfills each year4
1. Technomic. Technomic finds sustainability and social responsibility register high on foodservice industry’s radar, 2014.
2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Municipal Waste, 2012.
3. U.S. Census Bureau. Population Clock, May 2014.
4. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in the United States 2012 Infographic, 2012.
5. National Restaurant Association. Recycling for all the right returns survey, 2011.