In Connecticut, nearly a quarter of the waste stream is composed of food. Once disposed of, this waste further contributes to the creation of greenhouse gas emissions. To address this issue, Waste Free Greenwich (WFG) and CET teamed up to launch the Greenwich Food Matters Challenge. The goal of the challenge was to help local restaurants reduce food waste through prevention, reuse, and recycling. Through on-site evaluations, CET provided participants with individualized recommendations for implementing and expanding food-saving measures. The restaurants were then encouraged to apply a variety of strategies such as repurposing ingredients, donating surplus meals, composting food scraps, and more. With the help of WFG and CET, these strategies were implemented, tracked, and reported over the course of 8-10 weeks. Through the Greenwich Food Matters Challenge, the businesses were able to divert tons of food from landfills, as well as increase local awareness of food waste.

Learn more about the participating businesses and their efforts with the two resources below.

For a more in-depth look at the Greenwich Food Matters challenge, see our written case study: