How one Chicago restaurant went trash free

Sandwich Me In generates merely eight gallons of garbage in two years, which was later donated to a local artist.
Sandwich Me In generated a mere eight gallons of garbage in two years, which was later donated to a local artist.

A local Chicago restaurant, Sandwich Me In, has created zero waste in two years. Technically, the shop accumulated eight gallons of garbage in the two-year span, but a local artist asked for the waste to build a sculpture, making the operation a zero-waste establishment.

The achieve took great effort and diligence from the staff and owner Justin Vrany, who brought the shop’s trash back to his home for sorting and recycling or composting.

Watch this NationSwell film, The Garbageless Restaurant, featuring restaurateur Vrany’s path to a trash-free establishment.
(The Garbageless Restaurant, by NationSwell)

 

This initiative begs the question: how much waste is in an average pizzeria and could a pizzeria go trash-free?

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