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5 eateries in bid to cut waste

FIVE restaurants have reduced daily waste by up to 20 percent after offering either discounts or small gifts to customers taking doggie bags home in a trial program that started one month ago.

The Jing'an District eateries are pleased with the program as it reduces costs and saves time for employees.

Officials from the Shanghai Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said yesterday that it will evaluate the trial after it continues for two more months and cooperate with the Shanghai Restaurant Association to promote such practices.

"It benefits restaurants, customers and the environment when people order the proper amount of food or take leftovers home," said bureau official Zhang Hongbin.

Shanghai generates 1,100 tons of food waste everyday. Restaurants pay a waste disposal fee of 60 yuan (US$8.79) per 50-kilogram barrel.

One restaurant participating in the trial said yesterday that food waste had dropped.

"The trial has proven to be a good way to cut down on food waste," said Wang Zhengping, manager of Deng's Restaurant on Changde Road. "Less waste means more profit for a restaurant."

The restaurant used to have 250 kilograms of waste everyday but it has dropped to 200 kilograms after the trial started.

In the restaurant, cards on tables remind customers to order properly. Customers receive a 10-percent discount if they finish all the food or take leftovers in doggie bags.

However, there is room for improvement as Wang said not as many customers as expected were attracted by the offer.

Zhao Xiji, manager of Gutai Restaurant, said the eatery gives customers small presents such as reusable bags and chopsticks to encourage them to save food.

"All our staff and the customers have greater awareness of environmental protection because of the trial," Zhao said. "Customers now order 5 percent less food than before."

The three other restaurants participating in the trial are Hantong Dongping Restaurant, Harvest Festival and Wishdoing.


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