Dunkin’s Commitment to Lessening Food Waste

Dunkin’s Commitment to Lessening Food Waste

Here at Dunkin’, we and our franchisees recognize that what our brand does today will matter tomorrow. As a 100% franchise system, we are committed to providing franchisees with the resources they need for environmental stewardship. That is why Dunkin’ created the End of Day Donation and composting programs to support positive environmental change.

The End of Day Donation Program

End of Day Donation is an optional program for franchisees that helps serve local non-profit community service and hunger relief organizations by donating surplus food from their restaurants. Donatable items include bakery items and other shelf-stable food, and unclaimed catering orders.

With the exception of locations where food donation regulations exist, it is left to the discretion of the individual owner of each restaurant whether or not food is donated at the end of the day. Here at Dunkin', we encourage our franchisees to become involved with their local communities.

Composting Program

In addition to our End of Day Donation program, Dunkin’ has also developed a composting program as an option for franchisees who wish to compost coffee grounds and other organic waste. More than 80% of our guests consume their Dunkin’ orders outside of our restaurants. However, we are committed to providing our franchisees with the resources they need for environmental care.

Dunkin’ Franchisee, Kim Wolak, of Portland, ME, currently has 10 locations in the area and has been composting for more than eight years. Her team’s composting efforts have diverted nearly 1,879 tons from landfills, amounting to approximately 3.7 million lbs.

Kim works with We Compost It!, a local company founded in 2009, to compost leftover food scraps. After completing the composting process at the We Compost It! plant in Auburn, ME, the compost is then donated to local schools each spring for their school gardens. The compost is also shared as part of a give-back program with We Compost It! residential partners. The rest is sold via large shipments to garden centers and landscapers in and around Southern Maine.

In addition to Kim’s efforts, Dunkin’ Franchisee, Pam Danbusky, of New York City, began composting in January 2020 and has saved approximately 47,600 pounds from going to landfills. Pam works with Crown Waste Corp., a family-owned and operated private sanitation company founded in1958 serving Queens, Manhattan, and Nassau County.

Commitment to Hunger in the United States

In 2020, Dunkin’ and National DCP (NDCP), the supply chain management company serving Dunkin’ restaurants, made numerous product donations during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. These donations to partner organizations, including Feeding America, amounted to more than 205,000 pounds of food and over 4,360 gallons of dairy.

Dunkin’ is committed to continuing to drive positive change for our customers, our communities, and our environment, and we look forward to sharing further updates on our efforts throughout the year.

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