Atlanta's Fifth Group and Ecco made the NY Times today getting props for their participation in Green Foodservice Alliance's zero waste policy. Ecco composts food scraps rather than trash them. What a great policy! (Now if I could just be allowed to recycle paper at home the world would be a greener place indeed.)
Congrats Fifth Group for leading the way! Let's hope many more restaurants jump on the bandwagon.
Here's what the article had to say about Ecco...
At Ecco, a popular restaurant in Atlanta, waiters no longer scrape food scraps into the trash bin. Uneaten morsels are dumped into five-gallon pails and taken to a compost heap out back...
Green Foodservice Alliance, a division of the Georgia Restaurant Association, has been adding restaurants throughout Atlanta and its suburbs to its so-called zero-waste zones. And companies are springing up to meet the growth in demand from restaurants for recycling and compost haulers.
Steve Simon, a partner in Fifth Group, a company that owns Ecco and four other restaurants in the Atlanta area, said that the hardest part of participating in the alliance’s zero-waste-zone program was not training his staff but finding reliable haulers.
“There are now two in town, and neither is a year old, so it is a very tentative situation,” Mr. Simon said. Still, he said he had little doubt that the hauling sector would grow and that all five of the restaurants would eventually be waste-free.