We love our land, and not just when we’re at the table: it’s a subject that is near and dear to us. That’s why at Dispensa Emilia we try to do our best to reduce the amount of waste our restaurants produce, optimizing and promoting separated waste collection and reducing the product of undifferentiated waste to a minimum. Find out what we do and how you can optimize your separated waste collection too!
Over the year we’ve taken several steps forward: we replaced the plastic forks and spoons with metal ones, all the consumption materials have been reviewed, and now we use only the ones that can be composted (plates, napkins, bags, etc.), or are 100% recyclable, like the glasses and bottles our beverages come in.
What we do:
The Dispensa Emilia KITCHENS separate their waste, making an effort to minimize the quantity of undifferentiated trash. We divide waste into compostable material, paper and cardboard, plastic, glass and aluminum. Thanks to the collaboration of local waste disposal companies, in our DINING ROOMS there will soon be bins marked for the different materials, so that our clients can help out, too. We’ll collect compostable material, plastic, glass and aluminum separately. In addition, we’ve decided to use serving plates made of compostable cellulose and napkins made of recycled paper.
The word comes up more and more often, but what does it mean, exactly? And what difference is there between compostable and biodegradable?
“Composting” is a process essentially carried out by bacteria and fungi, which transform organic matter into fertilizer. It is nature’s way of recycling its resources, by transforming organic substances produced by plants and animals into humus. Choosing compostable products and collecting ‘organic’ waste separately is positive because you produce less waste and obtain natural fertilizer.
The main difference between compostable and biodegradable is in the time needed to transform the waste: for example, although it is certainly biodegradable, a tree isn’t compostable (but its branches are).
Cellulose pulp is produced from sugar cane fiber. Sugar cane grows very rapidly: the plants used to produce it are only trimmed and not cut entirely. This makes it a highly renewable resource, 100% natural and completely biodegradable and compostable.
Always remember to:
Crush plastic bottles so they take up the least possible amount of space.
Separate the metal bottle caps before putting them in the appropriate container.
Don’t throw cans or bottles that contained paint, solvents, glue or other hazardous liquids in the glass collector.
Never dispose of used cooking oil in household drains: collect it and bring it to your nearest collection site.
Do not throw used light bulbs, neon tubes, window glass or door glass in the glass collector.
Bring used electrical materials and broken small home appliances to collection centers;
for larger appliances, call to make an appointment with the large items disposal service.
Whenever possible, use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable ones.
Use only compostable or paper bags when you throw out the organic waste in the dedicated containers.