Being a restaurateur, chef, manager or team member of a restaurant is a rewarding experience because the work that is accomplished in the restaurant industry is reflected beyond the kitchen. Restaurants influence the economy with the various career opportunities that they provide, help stimulate the economy and have a positive impact in their communities.
For example, restaurants can receive easy and proven steps on being more sustainable with a business focused approach through the Zero Waste Zones (ZWZ) program. ZWZ is a voluntary, business-to-business environmental effort designated in four zones in Atlanta and is an extension of the National Restaurant Association (NRA). The goal of ZWZ is to teach business owners how to minimize waste, streamline their savings and promote their conservation efforts to other businesses and their customers.
Through ZWZ, restaurants can gain valuable information on ways to become environmentally friendly through tips on saving energy and water, recycling, diverting waste and more. Additionally, membership with ZWZ provides competitive pricing for starting your own recycling program, local sustainability rebate and incentive programs and discounts on LeanPath's innovative food waste reduction program. Restaurants can also take advantage of the NRA’s Conserve program, whose goal is to present ways on operating your business efficiently and in more environmentally beneficial ways.
Sustainability not only helps the environment, but it also benefits your business. Implementing environmentally savvy options can help restaurants save money as well as help attract customers. According to the Food Service Technology Center (FSTC), trading your pre-rinse spray valve to a low-flow spray valve, not only saves money, but it can reduce your annual operating cost from $2,200 to less than $500. Additionally, FSTC reports that adding a faucet aerator to one hand sink in your prep kitchen can save over 9,000 gallons of water a year. Moreover, 58 percent of consumers are likely to make a restaurant choice based on its environmental sustainability efforts, according to the NRA.
For more information on ZWZ, including information on how your restaurant can get involved with ZWZ, and receive a complimentary spray valve that has been rated for guaranteed performance, contact Kelly Schenck, ZWZ manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 467-9000. You can also learn more by visiting www.zerowastezones.org and via Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZeroWasteZones. For more information on the NRA’s Conserve program, visit www.conserve.restaurant.org. For all other inquiries, please feel free to reach out to the Georgia Restaurant Association, Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the state’s foodservice industry, at email@example.com or at (404) 467-9000.
Source: Shelby Food Service