As many people are aware these days, the world’s recycling programs were recently thrown for a loop. Until January of this year, China was taking a majority of the plastic recyclables from the states and other parts of the world, and then due to a number of factors including poor recycling habits by Americans resulting in dirty, contaminated recyclables, China stopped accepting everything. This resulted in a nationwide standstill of recyclables.
Being Zero waste isn’t necessarily fitting all of our trash for 1 year into a mason jar like you’ve probably seen on some facebook video of Lauren Singer who is one of the women at front of the Zero Waste movement. Especially in a restaurant where we are serving hundreds of people per day, that just isn’t feasible. But what is feasible is being conscious of waste created in all aspects of our lives especially when choosing what to buy and making decisions accordingly.