DENVER -- Chipotle Mexican Grill announced its commitment to divert half of all of its restaurant waste from landfills by 2020. Since 2015 Chipotle has made significant strides towards reducing the amount of food and packaging waste bound for landfills, increasing its diversion rate from 31 percent that year to 40 percent in 2017. Now the company embarks on achieving a 50 percent diversion rate.
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Landfills can often contain materials that could have been recycled or composted for greater environmental benefits, but instead emit greenhouse gases that may contribute significantly to global climate change. By diverting materials that would otherwise be sent to a landfill, Chipotle is doing its part to help lower emissions and be a positive force for change.
"Increasing our waste diversion rate to 50 percent is an ambitious goal, but we feel it's important to be assertive in our efforts to advance our purpose," said Caitlin Leibert, head of sustainability at Chipotle. "We remain deeply dedicated to bringing guests great tasting food while upholding Chipotle's values and commitment to food made with respect for the land and environment."
To reach this goal, Chipotle and its partners are implementing several best practices, including:
A full-time Diversions Coordinator will continue to oversee the work Chipotle is undertaking to meet the 50 percent goal. Chipotle also engages trusted partners to ensure proper waste handling at its restaurants. One of these partners, RiverRoad Waste Solutions, works with approximately half of Chipotle restaurants to constantly evaluate and implement programs to maximize waste diversion.
"Chipotle is never satisfied when it comes to minimizing its environmental impact," said Kris Bunnell, CEO of RiverRoad Waste Solutions. "The company is always looking for new ways to go above and beyond to do what is best for their guests, the community and the environment."
To learn more about sustainability at Chipotle, please visit Chipotle.com/Sustainability.
SOURCE Chipotle Mexican Grill
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