Reduce / Reuse / Recycle

December 8, 2005


Burger Shops Near Expo Sites Join Forces for Food Waste Recycling

Keywords: Food Manufacturing industry Reduce / Reuse / Recycle Transportation / Mobility 

Mos Food Services, Inc., a Japanese hamburger chain, carried out experimental food waste recycling at five Mos Burger shops in and around Nagoya near the 2005 World Exposition sites in Aichi Prefecture from August 29 through September 10, 2005. It was the company's second experiment of this kind, following a successful initial trial in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture in 2003. (Refer to the related JFS article below.)

Under the food recycling program, a specially converted vehicle was mobilized to pick up vegetable wastes from the kitchens in the five Mos Burger shops when delivering food ingredients, and deliver the wastes to a processing center to produce compost. The compost is used in flower-growing kits for customers to be distributed on Mos Day on March 12, the day when the first Mos Burger shop was opened.

The natural gas vehicle that was used for delivery to the Expo in and around Nagoya is still being used even though the Expo ended on September 25. The vehicle emits 20 to 30 percent less carbon dioxide than conventional gasoline or diesel powered vehicles.

In addition to these efforts, the company is using biodegradable plastic takeout containers made from corn on a trial basis and introducing its environmentally friendly activities on video screens and panels in three stores.
- Food Delivery Truck to Collect Vegetable Waste (Related JFS article)

Posted: 2005/12/08 12:13:11 PM
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