Reducing waste at restaurants isn’t simple or easy, but it has the potential to have a huge impact. All of the choices a restaurant makes to reduce their plastic and food waste can add up to a big difference for our planet. According to DineGreen, the average restaurant generates 100,000 pounds of garbage per year, 90% of which could be diverted to the compost or recycling. Plastic waste, such as to-go items, bags, straws, cups, plates, and much more, is often a huge part of a restaurant’s waste. For example, 40 billion disposable plastic cutlery are used each year in the United States, enough to wrap the globe more than 139 times.