The amount of waste produced by a typical fast food restaurant is quite high. This encompasses many areas and products. First is the noticeable amount of paper and plastic products thrown away. Every product is wrapped thus a minimum of one sheet of paper for every burger sold, every fry bagged, every salad sold. And this packaging is never used again. Likewise, individual condiments are typically wrapped in their own small containers that are given away only to be trashed. Furthermore there is the waste of unused, bad or expired food thrown out and the grease that is tossed away as it is changed. Tons of waste is generated monthly by these places.
With the large amounts of excess waste that can be generated by fast food restaurants, accountability is necessary to deter these businesses from causing irreparable damage to our environment. Without instituted responsibility and repercussions for excess waste production, these restaurants can freely practice harmful, environmentally unfriendly actions in an effort to save money. Such actions can in turn produce waste in excess of what is minimally necessary.
New York employs entire crews to get rid of fat that is poured down the drains. The fat builds up so much that tools to scrape it off have to be employed. If there was a moderate attention to waste disposal, there would be less incidents like this.
I cannot think of any reason why a fast food restaurant should not be held accountable for the waste they generate. In addition to the slew of health related problems that are brought about by these companies, the least they could do is make an effort to keep our planet healthy and be green.
I do feel that fast food restaurants should be held accountable for all the food they waste. At the end of the night when a fast food restaurant is ready to throw out all the food they have not used for the day, they should instead donate the food to food banks or soup kitchens. I do not see why they choose to throw it away instead of feeding people in need.
Possibly if the fast food restaurants are accountable for there own waste they may produce less of it. This could lead to them being more conscious of just how much waste they produce. This then could lead to fast food restaurants installing plans to reduce the amount of waste they produce.
Fast food restaurants should be held responsible for their actions, just like any other company. In fact, if anything, due to the frequent amount of patrons that visit these establishments and the high amounts of grease and other waste, they should be kept even more accountable for their generated waste.
Fast food restaurants should not be exempt, nor should anybody or any place, when it comes to waste. Every person and company generates some kind of waste, and I'm not sure why anyone would think otherwise. We need to create a plan that makes stricter rules for how companies operate and how they can operate more efficiently.
No business should have needless regulations forced upon them. I feel that a fast food restaurant has the same rights as any other business in America. If we allow such regulations, then it will only escalate from there. It will be the gateway, for the government, to control and tax restaurants for decisions that should not be theirs.
I do not feel that it is fair to single out fast food restaurants for creating a lot of waste, since almost anyone out there creates waste. The culprits range from other restaurants to individuals at home. It could be even people who go to fast food restaurants littering as well. So, because of this, I feel everyone should be equally accountable for waste.
I believe that fast food restaurants, or any other food establishment, does have a responsibility for properly handling waste. However, when you talk about accountability, you are inviting government regulation. In my view, more regulation will not solve a social issue. Companies and people can work together for a beneficial solution.