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Reducing Waste

We are minimizing both food and non-food waste to lessen our environmental impact.



Food waste is central to some of the key challenges facing the world today, including hunger and poverty, climate change, health and wellbeing and the sustainability of agriculture and oceans.

We have announced a long-term goal to reduce food waste 50% by 2030, joining the US Food Loss and Waste 2030 Group and aligning with the United Nation’s waste-reduction agenda.

EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy

The EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions to prevent and divert wasted food.

Our kitchens follow low food waste practices, recipes and conservation efforts. We aim to rescue produce that would otherwise go unused and leverage campaigns like Stop Food Waste Day to raise awareness.

We partner with Eatable‭, ‬Food Recovery Network and Feeding America to navigate the process to safely recover prepared food and donate fresh‭, ‬nutritious meals to neighboring organizations so we can make a difference in our communities and help reduce food waste.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Where available, we partner with pig farms to feed local livestock with our food scraps, supporting local farmers and recovering what otherwise would be wasted.

We work with companies to‭ ‬recycle our used cooking oil‭ ‬where available‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ At some locations‭, ‬we use‭ ‬food waste pulpers‭ ‬to grind up food scraps to reduce the volume and minimize the waste we send to landfills‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Our Grounds for Your Garden program provides used coffee grounds‭ ‬for our guests’ home gardens‭. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Through ESFM and client facilities teams, ‬we partner on initiatives such as‭ ‬converting food scraps to soil‭, and even create native pollinator or chef gardens.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

This is always the last resort.

Stop Food Waste Day

We are leading the way in fighting food waste. Compass Group has created Stop Food Waste Day, an annual day of action to educate and ignite change in the fight against wasted food around the world.

Journey to Zero Waste

We are addressing the pressing concern of waste of resources in other ways through green packaging, reusables, recycling, and uniforms made from recycled materials. In addition to reducing food waste to landfill, our efforts Toward Zero Waste include partnering with our clients and facilities to divert waste with data driven goals to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

  • Reduce by being mindful to only take what is needed.
  • Reuse over single-use packaging.
  • Recycle to collect materials to turn them into new products including closed loop systems and compost products made from renewable plant materials when commercial composting is available in the local municipality.