Trimming our waste

We're stepping up our waste management game.
We're stepping up our waste management game.

As you know, Food With Integrity is kind of our thing. We're committed to sourcing the very best responsibly raised ingredients and preparing them by hand. Now we're working to bring that mindset to the food we don't serve.

Less Waste, More Integrity

No-brainer: the best way to waste less is to have less waste. We try our best to prevent waste by being conscious of what we bring into our restaurants. It starts with produce shipments into our stores. We ask our suppliers to ship more of each item so we use less cardboard. Then we train each employee to mindfully prepare and cook our ingredients to minimize waste. 

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Leftovers make for good meals

Another way to reduce waste is by making it useful. We’ve partnered with 1,275 local community organizations and provided food for those who need it most. Since we began our Harvest Program in 2007, we have been able to donate enough food for an estimated 7,188,145 meals throughout the country.

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Our trash is soil’s treasure

Even the least picky eaters don’t want to chomp on avocado pits, bell pepper cores or onion skins. However, soil will eat that stuff up. We’re currently composting at 125 locations and we’re poised to expand over the next 5 years. By the end of 2015, we’ll have transformed over 1,000,000 lbs of waste into something quite useful.

graphical drawing of food scraps in a sphere shape pointing to a plant sprouting out of the soil

Cultivating a better world, one festival at a time

The Chipotle Cultivate Festival is more than just an awesome party. It’s also a way for us to show the world that caring for the environment is cool.

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Food donations - we partner with local organizations to donate delicious food to those in need. Since we began this program at Cultivate in 2014, we have donated food for over 21,000 meals in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas, Phoenix, and Kansas City.

Water Stations - at each festival, we have a free water bottle filling station. To date, this station has helped keep over 26,000 water bottles out of the waste stream.

Waste diversion - this program has resulted in over 20 tons of recycle and 14 tons of compost being diverted from the landfill since 2014, and overall diversion rates of 64% (2014) and 72% (2015%). 

Volunteers at waste stations - trying to figure out what waste goes in what basket can be confusing. We work with hundreds of local volunteers to help educate festivalgoers on how to properly divert their waste. 

Packaging program - we work with vendors and sponsors to source sustainable packaging materials that help reduce the environmental impact of our festivals. This includes materials that are recycled, recyclable and/or compostable.