Inspired by Zero Waste Zone’s (ZWZ) success, the National Restaurant Association announced a national collaboration with Elemental Impact and ZWZ. The collaboration will identify new best practices, create resources and measure the impact of perishable organics waste management and recycling efforts.
â€œAtlantaâ€™s Zero Waste Zone program has been greatly successful, and we are now looking to expand that success to communities nationwide,â€ said Scott DeFife, executive vice president for policy and government affairs, the National Restaurant Association.Â â€œSustainability is imperative to our industry, other business communities and the general public. Working with Elemental Impact, we are bringing industry stakeholders together to enable our members to establish – and succeed in reaching – waste diversion and resource recovery goals.â€
The National Restaurant Association’s Conserve initiative, which is in part funded by the Turner Foundation, is designed to inspire actions that improve a company’s bottom line, and are good for people and the planet.
The announcement was made during the ZWZ’s second anniversary.Â ZWZ, a division of Elemental Impact was launched initially to establish a zone in Atlanta’s downtown convention district where businesses pledged to implement zero waste initiatives. Â Elemental Impact is headed by Holly Elmore.
During the celebration, ZWZ Chair Laura Turner Seydel gave an overview of theÂ of the past two years and George McKerrow of Tedâ€™s Montana GrillÂ announced the Turner Building is the first multi-use building in Atlanta to begin implementing organics collection throughout the entire facility.
Additionally, Waste Management, a leading provider of comprehensive waste management and recycling services in North America, announced that the company will begin exploring the initiation of a post-consumer organics materials solution within Metro Atlanta.Â The ZWZ provided a framework for Atlanta to become a key location for the effort.