Restaurant Food Waste By the Numbers

by Abby Montanez
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A typical American restaurant throws out approximately 85% of food that isn’t used. Source:

95% of a restaurant’s food waste could be either recycled or composted.  Source:

For every meal served in a restaurant, a ½ pound of waste is created. Source:

The average fast food restaurant accumulates 200,000 pounds of food waste per year. Source: 

On average, restaurants would save $7 in operating costs for every $1 invested in programs to reduce food waste. Source: 

In one year, the restaurant industry is estimated to generate more than 11 million tons of waste. Source: 

15% of all the food that ends up in landfills comes from restaurants. Source: 

A single restaurant can produce up to 75,000 pounds of food waste a year. Source:

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Abby is The Digest's Managing Editor. She spends her time looking at dogs on Instagram and eating her way around Jersey City.

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Tom Lavecchia January 24, 2020 - 7:13 pm

I’m floored by the stats


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