How Much Food Waste Do Restaurants Generate?

Studies show that restaurants waste about $162 billion dollars of food per year. 

How Can a Restaurant Track Its Food Waste?

Physically weighing the amount of trash you generate, comparing inventory levels to sales, and utilizing a POS with tracking abilities are all ways you can monitor your food waste. 

Is It Possible to Have a Zero-Waste Restaurant?

Zero-waste restaurants exist, but it takes a lot of diligence and planning to achieve this metric. Focusing on lowering rather than totally eliminating waste is a more realistic goal for most restaurants, and you don’t have to be a zero waste restaurant to do your part.  

About the Authors

Rebecca Riddle

Rebecca Riddle

Hospitality Writer

I have years of experience working in restaurants as well as writing about them. From restaurant financing, to hospitality technology, to the exciting worlds of food and beverage, I know hospitality inside and out.

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