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Restaurant Food Saver Challenge

Mayor Megan Barry, Metro-Nashville Department of Public Works’ Solid Waste Division, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Nashville Food Waste Initiative have partnered to challenge area restaurants to measure their food waste, set a food-waste reduction target, and work to reduce their food waste over a three-month time frame.

By participating in the Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge, restaurants will reduce the amount of food sent to Middle Tennessee landfills, while helping to relieve hunger by donating wholesome, edible food to local nonprofits serving over 110,000 food-insecure residents in Davidson County.

Both the Nashville Food Waste Initiative and the Mayor’s Restaurant Challenge focus on landfill-diversion strategies based on the U.S. EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy, which outlines, in rank order, the most effective management strategies for wasted food that offer the greatest amount of environmental, social and economic benefits.

Forty percent of all food in America goes uneaten, with 95 percent of that wasted food ending up in landfills or incinerators, according to NRDC. In 2015, NRDC selected Nashville as its pilot city for developing high-impact local policies and on-the-ground actions to address food waste. The Waste Reduction & Recycling subcommittee for Mayor Barry’s Livable Nashville Committee has been collaborating with NRDC’s Nashville Food Waste Initiative to set measurable goals and recommendations to increase composting and reduce food waste generated in Davidson County across municipal, residential, and commercial sectors.

“Our local restaurants have helped put Nashville dining on the map, to where we’re now recognized nationwide as a culinary destination city. But we know that too much of that good food is going to waste—and good money along with it,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “Nashville’s restaurants have the creative ingenuity to demonstrate to the rest of the country how to keep more of our world-class dishes on people’s plates and out of the landfill.”

Register for the Mayor's Food Saver Challenge

How to participate

Participating Restaurants - Final list for 2017

Email with any questions and to provide your food waste measurements.