COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- White Castle is proud to announce it's stepping up efforts to become 'greener' this Earth Day by using a new compost made from restaurant food scraps. To celebrate Earth Day, White Castle planted flowers using the new compost.
"We saw this program as an opportunity to improve the environment and make a difference in our community," said Shannon Tolliver, social responsibility and environmental sustainability manager at White Castle. "Our team members are excited to participate and have embraced this new plan for going green. We don't know if the daffodils will be onion-scented but it's a great way to make the most of all our resources."
The Columbus-based company is conducting a six-month pilot program to compost food scraps from six central Ohio restaurants. The new compost replaces other premium garden-soil mixes transported from Michigan. This program began in October at the home office on 555 W. Goodale St. in Columbus.
White Castle's discarded food is picked up and hauled to Ohio Mulch where it is made into a high quality garden soil and compost called Green Envy Enriched Garden Compost. This product is available to the public for $5.99 per bag (.65 cubic feet) at Ohio Mulch's central Ohio locations.
After completing the trial, White Castle will consider expanding this program to other restaurants in central Ohio and other regions.
About White Castle White Castle is a family-owned business based in Columbus, Ohio, that owns and operates more than 400 restaurants in 12 states. The company was founded in Wichita, Kansas, in 1921 and is America's first fast-food hamburger chain. All White Castle Sliders are made from 100 percent USDA inspected beef. White Castle's commitment to maintaining the highest quality products extends to the company owning and operating its own meat processing plants and bakeries. White Castle's new loyalty program, Craver Nation, connects like-minded Cravers from around the globe in a social media setting. For more information on White Castle and Craver Nation, visit WhiteCastle.com and CraverNation.WhiteCastle.com.