Food Waste Reduction

Waste reduction is priority one.

Our programming in kitchen water and energy reduction, just-in-time purchasing and production planning, keeps your dining operation lean and reduces waste before it happens. Check out our key IMPACT ZERO™ initiatives, from waste reduction and energy conservation training to recycling and composting with the goal of efficiency and a positive impact.

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Program Features

Waste Reduction & Energy Conservation Training

Education is a key way to create lasting change. Our intensive “You’ve Got the Power” training plays an integral role in our efforts to reduce kitchen energy, food and water waste. Our dining teams learn about energy and potable water reduction strategies for kitchens, service points and dining programs.

Recycling & Composting

Creative Dining helps you implement comprehensive waste management programs that include:

  • Food Pulping
  • Recycling
  • Commercial Composting
  • Food Waste Tracking
  • Food Rescue

We deploy protocols for both back-of-house and front-of-house comprehensive recycling and composting, as well as integrating BPI-certified compostable tableware produced in the U.S.

Partnerships & Associations

  • Association of the Advance of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
  • EPA WaterSense
  • Energy STAR
  • AASHE Membership
  • Humane Society of U.S. partner
  • College & University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) members
  • Michigan Farms to Institution Network

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