How To Start Food Waste Recycling In Chicago Supermarkets

Food Waste Recycling In Chicago Catches On

Supermarkets have some of the most diverse waste in the City of Chicago. While most businesses can count on papers, cardboard and plastics in their waste bins, supermarkets have all of that plus food waste. With as much waste as these businesses generate, it’s no surprise that they have some very stringent recycling programs in place. More and more, those programs include food waste recycling. Chicago supermarkets have caught on to the fact that there is money to be saved in recycling their food waste and Combined Resources, Inc. (CRI) is there to show them just how it is done.

Our Approach To Food Waste Recycling In Chicago

Food waste at supermarkets does not just include obviously rotten or damaged foods. Even produce that is ever so slightly blemished can be tossed out. Consumers just don’t want to buy food that does not look perfect and supermarkets cannot afford to turn buyers off by continuing to leave those products on the shelves. So, into the bin they go.

At Combined Resources, Inc. we partner with supermarkets to swap out the waste bin for compost and recycling bins. This reduces the amount of waste going into the dumpster and eventually the landfill, which ultimately saves supermarkets from paying exorbitant tipping fees, and provides other businesses with raw materials for their own operations.

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Yes, there is a market for just about any type of waste and at CRI; we find those markets to the benefit of our customers. We do this by focusing on three core actions:

  1. Separating Waste From Food Products. The primary goal is to separate true waste from food products. Food waste includes anything that has been on shelves, at the bakery, deli, or meat counter, or items that are overripe, damaged, expired or cannot be sold for other reasons. Most of this waste can be sent to farms to be composted or used in animal feed. But there are other businesses that will buy this waste, such as biofuel companies looking for grease and frying oil.
  1. Recycle Every Possible Item. We take cardboard container recycling and expand on that. Shipping and storage containers, cardboard and plastic packaging, even metal storage containers can all be recycled. We rely on our vast network of dealers to accept this waste and turn it into profits for our customers. We can recycle just about anything that creates a certain amount of volume. The more waste the better in this case since recyclers pay by the pound!
  1. Simplicity Is Key. We understand that the best-laid recycling plans will not take off if they are not easy to implement or take too much time. Our goal is to make it just as quick and easy to recycle various products, as it is to toss them in the dumpster. Time is money for supermarkets and it is our job to save you money and save you time while creating a change in the way you manage your waste.

Find Out How Supermarket Recycling Can Pay Off For You

Anything that removes weight from the dumpster will save a supermarket money. Contact CRI at 855-782-8490 to learn more about food waste recycling in Chicago and how we can help you lower your waste disposal costs and perhaps even become a become a zero-waste facility.

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