How can I reuse or recycle restaurant menus?
Jessica left a message on the “suggest an item” page:
Hello, I work in a restaurant where we get new menus about every two weeks.
They are nice menus, but have worn edges, maybe, some wear and tear. But we throw these menus out by the hundreds every two weeks. It seems so wasteful to me.
We change them out to meet the company standards of how they should be presented. So what could be some ideas of how we can reuse the menus cause I’m pretty sure they can’t be recycled. Thanks!!
I’m presuming since they “can’t be recycled” that they’re laminated menus or similar – not just paper or card because they would be easier to recycle.
We’ve covered old laminated posters before so if they are laminated, there might be some overlap in potential reuses.
Any menu-specific suggestions though? Given the amount they’re going through, bulk reuses would be best.
From a reduction point of view, I wonder if it’s worth taking it up with the company further upstream – they’re insisting on the menus being changed without considering the green impact. Perhaps it should be up to them to change the menu design to make it longer lasting – or relax their standards. Has anyone had any experience of getting a company to change their policy for the greener – or any advice about what types of menus work best?