Chipotle has announced a new waste diversion program, with the goal of diverting 50 percent of its waste from landfills by 2020.

“Increasing our waste diversion rate to 50 percent is an ambitious goal, but we feel it’s important to be assertive in our efforts to advance our purpose,” said Chipotle’s head of sustainability, Caitlin Leibert. “We remain deeply dedicated to bringing guests great tasting food while upholding Chipotle’s values and commitment to food made with respect for the land and environment.”

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Chipotle has also pledged that by 2020, 80 percent of its restaurants will participate in the Harvest Program to donate leftover food to local organizations. The company has also said that 20 percent of its restaurants will have composting by 2020.

Chipotle is still working toward its goal of having all of its restaurants’ recycling by 2020, as well.

Americans have been reported to generate between 250 to 400 millions tons of garbage annually, much of which ends up in landfills. Only about a tenth of Americans’ solid garbage is recycled each year.

Chipotle has been making changes after it suffered major losses during outbreaks of foodborne illness in 2015 and 2016. The company recently unveiled quinoa as a healthy option at its NYC test kitchen.

Reduce Waste in Your Kitchen!

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Are you looking to reduce landfill waste at home? Take a look at this beginners’ guide to composting, and this guide to composting without a compost bin. And here are some tips on how to reuse kitchen scraps to make tasty plant-based dishes!

Looking for some delicious ways to reduce waste? Try using leftover carrot pulp from juicing for these Upcycled Carrot Cake Rolls. You could also make your own almond milk and then put the leftover almond pulp to use with this recipe for Upcycled Dehydrated Almond Bread!

Want to make some soup with your leftover veggie scraps? Here’s a guide on how to Make The Ultimate ‘Healing’ Mineral Broth Using Just Veggie Scraps!

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