Reduce Reuse Recycle Greenpoint! (Restaurants) 2019-06-05T18:29:42+00:00

Project Description

Reduce Reuse Recycle Greenpoint! (Restaurants)

Project Lead: North Brooklyn Neighbors (formerly Neighbors Allied for Good Growth)
Project Partners: Common Ground Compost; Brooklyn Allied Bars and Restaurants; and the North Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Project Location: Greenpoint-wide
GCEF Grant: $27,722
Matching Contribution: $3,640
Fact Sheet: Reduce Reuse Recycle Greenpoint! (Restaurants) PDF
Project Status: Completed (June 2017)

In 2015, North Brooklyn Neighbors (NBN) received a GCEF grant of $27,722 (and provided$3,640 in matching funds) to conduct a waste reduction campaign with Greenpoint restaurants to help divert waste from landfills. Major project activities involved a 3-tiered approach:

  • Identified and distributed questionnaires on waste reduction practices to 15 Greenpoint restaurants
  • Selected 6 restaurants to receive waste audits and hands-on intensive waste reduction coaching from a professional restaurant sustainability consultant
  • Based on the results of the audit, chose 2 of the restaurants to take part in a pilot sustainability project focused on waste reduction

Featured image by Victoria Belanger, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

  • Identified and interviewed 15 restaurants and bars to create a best practice resource for local Greenpoint restaurants.
  • Created a Greenpoint specific educational brochure, hosted two educational workshops, and built a dedicated webpage for people in the restaurant industry to reference, which is available at:
  • Selected six restaurants to participate in a waste audit: on average more than 50% of each restaurant’s current landfill waste stream was recyclable or compostable. The results from the waste audits are available on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle website.
  • Collaborated with two restaurants to launch a reusable takeout container program called Shareware.