DURHAM, NC – As Durham’s restaurant scene continues to flourish, so do its food trucks. But with that comes buckets and buckets of waste.
The mobility of food trucks encourages the use of disposable materials—plates, napkins, plastic cutlery—that often end up in landfills. Don’t Waste Durham, a community organization focused on reducing consumer waste, is working to combat this problem with a new program.
Yesterday, DWD launched a Sustainable Sunday series at Fullsteam Brewery and unveiled its Sustainable Food Truck certification program. The organization certified two food trucks, Caffé Bellezza and Chez Moi Bakery. Both trucks met the DWD’s requirements: 100% compostable or recyclable materials and composting bins.
DWD founder Crystal Dreisbach incentivizes food trucks to join the program by offering signs for their business that highlight the certification, as well as discounted compostable items and a placement on a priority list for event planners who work with the organization.
“We believe this is the right time and the right place to start a program like this,” Dreisbach says. “We can really have an impact on the waste we produce in the community and divert from the landfill.”