Reducing waste in our restaurants is an important part of how we minimize the environmental impact of our operations. This means going beyond simply recycling our cardboard and composting the prep scraps from our kitchens. We also try and keep other materials out of the landfill as well—such as kitchen equipment and furniture. At Chipotle, we are always working to improve our restaurants, so as we upgrade older locations, we make sure that used items find great homes within the communities where we operate.
In 2014, Chipotle donated more than 75 grills and 315 food processors to local nonprofits, schools, and organizations. Our Kitchen Equipment Donation Program places the gently used appliances into deserving hands across the country that use them to create good. Our donation initiative keeps bulky equipment out of landfills, but more importantly, helps to further the work of some incredible organizations around the United States.
We made a big impact last year by donating grills and food processors, but we really look forward to expanding the program—so that equipment from all areas of our business serves a purpose beyond its life in our restaurants. It’s our goal to place every piece of usable equipment into the communities where we do business, from the spoons and tongs we use to serve our food, to the computers in our offices—and everything in between.