The Importance of Recycling
How much trash have you generated today? The average American produces over four pounds of waste daily. This waste adds up quickly; after all, more than 100 million tons of garbage are buried in our country’s landfills each year. Although the EPA estimates that 75% of the waste in our country can be recycled, more than half of that still ends up in a garbage can instead of a recycling bin.
With the help of the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), Certified Green Restaurants®, like Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes, are doing their part to reduce landfill waste. In fact, every Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes location has met the GRA’s Environmental Standards by implementing a full-scale recycling program, eliminating Styrofoam, and earning at least 10 GreenPoints™ in each of the GRA’s seven environmental categories, including Waste Reduction and Recycling.
Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes’ environmental steps to reduce waste include:
|Recycle Plastics, Glass and Aluminum||
|Reusable Bag Program||
Follow in Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes’ footsteps to reduce your own environmental footprint.
Are you recycling your share? Every item that is recycled makes an immense difference. You may not think much of recycling one aluminum can. However, when a single can is recycled, not only is precious landfill space preserved, but material for a new can is also supplied, which eliminates 95% of the energy required during the production process. With all that extra energy, you could run a TV for three hours!
Beyond recycling, you can also save waste from landfills by opting for reusable products instead of disposable ones. Whenever possible, choose reusable silverware, dishes and napkins over paper or plastic versions. Carry your own water bottles, coffee cups, take-out containers, and to-go bags to minimize packaging. Every step – large and small – marks progress towards becoming more environmentally sustainable.
For more information, visit www.dinegreen.com
About the GRA:
The Green Restaurant Association was founded in 1990. Since the beginning, the GRA has worked to provide convenient and cost-effective tools to help the restaurant industry reduce its harmful impact on the environment. The GRA founded the green restaurant movement and is one of the pioneering founders of the green business movement as well.