Panera Bread Tackles the Urban Waste Problem in New York City
Panera Bread has brought an innovative solution to handling waste to Manhattan.
Panera Bread entered the Manhattan market in style by opening its 1,500th café in February of 2012 at 330 7th Avenue at 29th Street. They have since opened three additional cafés: East 86th Street; Fifth Avenue at 40th Street; and Union Square.
These new Manhattan cafés are following the trend set by other Panera Bread’s in areas like San Francisco, CA and Lakewood, WA. They are including an indoor compactor manufactured by Global Trash Solutions of Palm Beach, FL in their building plans in order to reduce waste removal costs and maximize efficiency.
“I believe the trash compactor is absolutely necessary for restaurants in the urban market,” commented Patrick Fitzgerald, the Joint-Venture Partner who manages the four new locations in Manhattan. “It saves us money on payroll because we don’t have to make ten trips out to the curb to put the trash out at night, and it saves us a lot of space because we would have a room full of trash if it wasn’t for the compactor.”
The GTS 2000 compactor, which was originally manufactured for fast-food restaurants and reconfigured for use in urban areas to reduce the weight of the bags, compacts five bags of trash into one. Compacting trash saves space and reduces the amount of time carting companies spend at each stop; which in turn lowers the cost of disposal. The compactor also reduces the number of trips haulers have to make to locations that have dumpsters; which lowers their fuel costs and reduces their carbon footprint.