Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Recycling in the Alberta Restaurant Industry

A discussion between the City of Edmonton, the Recycling Council of Alberta, and the Restaurant Industry about what can be done to divert more waste from landfill. Watch the interview here.

WHICH RESTAURANTS IN EDMONTON ARE RECYCLING CHAMPIONS? Please tell us your favourites in the comments section. All comments in August are entered to win a prize, which will be announced on Friday. Value $100!


  1. Not a restaurant per sé, but Meals on Wheels deserves kudos for switching from disposables to recyclables a few years ago. Reusables aren’t practical for their work, but they are aware of the issue and raising the awareness of their clients. They also considered starting a composting program for kitchen waste, though I’m not sure where they’re at with that.

  2. I'm SO HAPPY that the restaurant industry is taking action on their waste! I completely agree with the gal in the video that it has to be provincially regulated.

    I hope we pass on the restaurant recommendations on to LEAF (Leaders in Environmentally Accountable Foodservice), who are also looking to highlight businesses taking action. www.LEAFme.ca

    Elm Cafe is a tiny new place on 117 st and Jasper Ave who use all paper-based packaging. www.elmcafe.ca

    Soul Soup (www.twitter.com/soulsoupofficia)and Culina (culinafamily.ca)are good about using paper-based to-go containers or aluminum containers. Soul Soup, although they are mostly a to-go place, have reusable plates and bowls, and only use wooden knives for the buns (they need to switch from the plastic spoons though!)

    Not sure if this counts but Edmonton's own Alley Kat brewery gives their brew sludge to a local dairy farmer (apparently the cows really love the mushy grains). I thought that was pretty great! www.alleykatbeer.com

    Absolutely Edibles separates all of their organic waste for composting. www.absolutelyedibles.com

    Hmmm... where else?