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Dec. 5-7, 2017




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Reviewed P2 Options
for the
Food Processing/Rendering - Kitchen Process

Following are a set of P2 options you may wish to implement. No option is perfect for everyone, but sometimes options that have worked at one facility can work at yours. They might also serve as inspiration.

Reviewed Food Processing/Rendering - Kitchen Options

Following are a list of options that have been reviewed by pollution prevention specialists. These options have worked at other facilities and may work at yours.


Buy in bulk

Buy bulk food and condiments to use in refillable dispensers instead of single serving packages.

Manage shipping containers

Recycle cardboard boxes from shipments, or arrange for your supplier to reuse them.

Donate leftover food

Donate leftover food to area food banks or shelters.

Reuse plastic containers

Reuse plastic kitchen containers.

Buy reusable coffee filters

Buy reusable mesh coffee filters.

Donate coffee grounds

Donate coffee grounds for use as fertilizer.

Feature beer on draft

Feature beer on draft to cut waste and storage space requirements.

Recycle stained linen

Make cleaning rags or chef's aprons from torn or stained linen.

Use reusable cleaning rags

Use cloth napkins or rags instead of one-time use materials to wipe up spills.

Recycle material used in food preparation

Recycle glass, aluminum, cardboard and fryer oil (if possible) that is used in food preparation. If your volume isn't large enough for the recycler, recruit neighboring restaurants to participate so the quantity is enough for the program.

Use refillable dispensers

Buy cleansers and mixes in concrete form, and use refillable dispensers.

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