On January 26, 2016 plaques and window stickers were awarded to 18 downtown Louisville restaurants that earned Green Fork distinction for consistently following required environmentally friendly practices throughout 2015. Seven more businesses received honorable mention for voluntarily following the practices even though they are not covered by the requirement.
The Green Fork Award, established by Mayor Greg Fischer in January 2015, recognizes restaurants in Louisville's Central Business District (CBD) that consistently follow environmentally friendly practices for disposal of food waste. It's part of our larger Wet/Dry Recycling program that separates wet and dry waste to preserve the value of each for recycling or composting. That diverts materials from our local landfill, extending its active useful life. 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.
Each quarter we publish a list of restaurants that have been in compliance through the year. At the end of the year, restaurants that have complied for the entire year will receive the Green Fork Award and be given certifying stickers to display in their windows as a way to let customers know they are environmentally responsible businesses.
The Green Fork Award Criteria