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Recycled items get new life

Restaurant operators are putting recycled material to work in their operations. Three of four restaurant operators (72 percent) report using products made from recycled materials, according to a recent study conducted by the National Restaurant Association with support from Georgia-Pacific Professional.

Fifty-eight percent of operators said they bought hand towels made from recycled products, while 57 percent purchase napkins made from recycled materials. Of the restaurateurs who purchase recycled products, 64 percent buy recycled bags and 62 percent buy recycled facial or toilet tissue.

In addition, 51 percent of study participants reported purchasing food containers made from recycled materials, 30 percent purchased cash register tape made from recycled materials and 28 percent purchased recycled beverage trays.

Other recycled used in restaurants: office paper, cups, boxes, plastic utensils, glass bottles, plates, cans, trash bags, plastic bottles, straws, coffee filters and egg cartons.

Learn more about the restaurant industry’s recycling practices.


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