Frequently Asked Questions

Food Waste Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Won’t it smell?

No more than your regular trash would.  In fact, we like to think that by developing a pick up schedule that is seasonally adjusted to your needs, we can reduce offensive odors and pest issues.

I can’t afford to pay for regular trash pick up and food waste pick up.  Won’t this increase our waste management bill?

Maybe, maybe not.  In our experience we’ve seen that some restaurants with a high volume of food waste production actually enjoy a cost savings by not having to pay for additional City trash collection.  We’ve also noticed that as restaurants become more aware of how much food waste they are producing, they have learned to find efficiencies in their food management practices resulting in a reduction in food purchasing costs.

This seems kind of unusual.  Does anyone else out there do this?

Yes!  There is growing momentum to recycle and compost food waste.  In several major cities recycling food waste is actually legislatively mandated.  In 2009 San Francisco became the first major city to require that food waste be discarded in a separate container than the waste headed for the landfill.  In the beginning of 2015 Seattle followed suit, and on July 2015, New York City implemented its Commercial Organics Law that requires food service establishments of a certain size source separate their organic waste.  We believe that the day is coming when recycling your food waste will be as commonly practiced as recycling your cardboard.