Planetpro: The Leftover Dilemma

Friday, October 2, 2020

Despite your planning efforts, there’s usually extra food that you didn’t serve left at the end of the night. What can you do with it to reduce waste?

What can you do with it to reduce waste?


Save it, Give it away, Move it








  • As long as the quality of the food won’t suffer and you have the storage space, you can always store it for future use.
  • Be sure to label the storage container with the contents and date you prepared it.









  • After the shift, give remaining food away to employees.
  • Give to charity, making arrangements with non-profits like local soup kitchens or food pantries so you can put your food to good use and build goodwill in your community at the same time.
  • Keep records of these donations so you can claim them as tax deductions where allowed by law.
  • Make arrangements with your nearby farms (including your suppliers) to use your scraps for animal feed. 
  • Partner with Apps like "Too Good To Go", that proposes to consumers to buy unused foods at a discount.
  • Mark food down by 1/3 as you near closing time.
  • To draw attention to this option (and potentially build your late-night traffic), advertise the savings on social media and provide coupons. 











Do it yourself

If you have the space and time, turning scraps into compost can be very rewarding. You can find bins online, build your own, or even use a bucket. Here is the basic approach:

  1. Pick a site, indoors or outdoors.
  2. Create a bin.
  3. Layer food waste, dry plant material like leaves or sawdust, and soil.
  4. Add water to keep the pile damp.
  5. Stir the mixture to aerate.
  6. Wait 2-3 months, continuing to aerate and keep the mixture damp.
  7. Use the completed compost in your garden and containers.


Partner with a Provider

If you’re limited on space or have too many scraps, look for an industrial service that will provide bins and haul your compost away for processing.

Follow these guidelines:





  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Meat, bones, fish products
  • Pasta, bread, cereal
  • Cooked foods
  • Pure paper items (E.g. flour and sugar bags)
  • Dairy products, eggshells
  • Items labeled BPI Certified Compostable


  • Plastic
  • Paper items
  • Styrofoam meat trays
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clam, oyster & mussel shells
  • Candles, synthetic corks & gum
  • Cigarette butts, tobacco
  • Disposable mop sheets
  • Recyclable materials
  • Items labeled Oxo-Biodegradable


Check local sorting facilities and recycling rules on your country. If composting is not possible, give priority to recycling!