Since March 2014, businesses on city service in the Central Business District (CBD) began separating wet material from dry material in order to maximize recycling rates and divert more materials from the landfill. Restaurants and coffee shops collect their wet material, such as food scraps, liquids, and used paper products, in brown carts serviced by QRS Recycling. This material is ultimately composted and reused, rather than taking up valuable space in the landfill.
In January 2015, Mayor Greg Fischer created a new "Green Fork" award to recognize those that consistently comply with the new program. Fischer told restaurants that the Green Fork award will be "a way that you can turn your participation into a competitive advantage."
The Green Fork Award Criteria for 2015 (January –December)
Recognition for contenders that remain in good standing in the program each quarter will be listed on several websites highlighting their participation and at the end of 2015 will be announced publicly and given a Green Fork Award sticker that can be placed in their windows to display the honor.
1st Quarter Green Fork Award Contenders
Abyssinia, Another Place Sandwich Shop, Bazo's Fresh Mexican Grill, Bendoya Sushi Bar, Bistro 301, Boomers Cafe, Brian's Deli, Bright Horizons Childcare, Cheer King Star, Chop Shop, City Cafe, Cravings, Dish on Market, FireFresh BBQ, Hillbilly Tea, Jimmy Johns, Los Aztecas, Luigi's Pizzeria, Manhattan Grill, Manny & Merle, MarketPlace Restaurant, Mrs. Potter's Coffee Lounge & Cafe, Nancy's Bagel Box, Osaka, Panera Bread, Quizno's, Saffron's Persian Cuisine, Subway (725 W. Main), Subway (129 W. Market), Subway (539 W. Market), Sunergos Coffee, Main Eatery, Yafa Cafe