Restaurant Food Waste By the Numbers
A typical American restaurant throws out approximately 85% of food that isn’t used. Source: https://www.businessinsider.
95% of a restaurant’s food waste could be either recycled or composted. Source: https://www.dinegreen.com/
For every meal served in a restaurant, a ½ pound of waste is created. Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/
The average fast food restaurant accumulates 200,000 pounds of food waste per year. Source: https://sites.google.com/site/
On average, restaurants would save $7 in operating costs for every $1 invested in programs to reduce food waste. Source: https://champions123.org/the-
In one year, the restaurant industry is estimated to generate more than 11 million tons of waste. Source: https://www.washingtonpost.
15% of all the food that ends up in landfills comes from restaurants. Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/
A single restaurant can produce up to 75,000 pounds of food waste a year. Source: https://www.businessinsider.