Doing the Right Thing With Compostables and Composting at T. Rowe Price - CulinArt Group

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Doing the Right Thing With Compostables and Composting at T. Rowe Price

OWINGS MILLS, MD., May 17, 2021— Compostable servicewares including cups, plates, bowls, utensils and other items are becoming more commonplace as product formulations evolve and product quality increases. T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills, Md., firmly embraces recycling, composting, and use of compostables as part of its corporate environmental policy and is on the forefront of changing practices for the good of the planet.

Compostable containers are used at all T. Rowe Price locations in Owings Mills, Baltimore, and Colorado Springs, Colo., where CulinArt provides dining services (since 2013). Next up is implementing compostables in office coffee services. There are 93 pantries over all T. Rowe Price sites, so phase-in of compostables in OCS will be gradual.

One challenge to implementation is educating customers that compostables are in use and that they must be separated into their own recycling bins when customers are through with them. “The client started out with simple trash cans” for composting, explains Eric Smith, senior director of dining services for CulinArt, and created marketing and signage to encourage customers to participate.

To take that to the next level, the company acquired multi-section bins made from recycled milk containers, into which customers deposit compostables, recyclables, and regular trash. Smith worked with CulinArt’s Marketing Department to create signage with pictograms to prevent items from being placed in the wrong bins. “It’s a matter of training and mentoring in order to do the right thing,” Smith adds.

Starting in 2015, the team began working with Veteran Composting, having adopted the Compass Waste Not Program to assist in accounting for what is going into the compostable stream and to better help control food cost. “We collect our scraps and any possible product that is expired,” Smith says, “which is measured by the quart and recorded. We collect this through clear, five-gallon, marked food containers and then place it in outdoor large totes.”

Veteran visits the site once a week to collect the used bins and replace them with clean ones.  As the vendor’s name suggests, all of the composting collection and processing is done at its facility by a team of armed forces veterans or their family members. “At the time we started this program, Veteran was the only approved vendor to pick up food scraps from foodservice and restaurant operations in Maryland,” Smith notes.

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“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“Just came back to campus after a year of pandemic [and] just want to say that I can really tell the effort that both dining halls and all of the other locations are really putting in to make us students still feel like there is more than enough food available, good food, fresh food, healthy food. I don't think students are aware that there is such a food shortage/worker shortage and that what goes on behind the scenes must be a logistical nightmare. But I recognize it at least :) the staff was been so friendly and kind, even in the very rare occasion when something took longer than expected I could tell they were trying their absolute hardest to provide it fast and with great quality. Great job to all of them, this one student greatly appreciates the effort you all do. -Student, Stony Brook University”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“We were totally impressed by the presentation and care in which these new team members were brought into the CulinArt family. So happy we made the decision to choose CulinArt Group.”

“Thank you all for such a wonderful grand pasta buffet on Friday! Everything went so incredibly smooth - from set-up to break-down. The menu was thoughtfully planned and the lunch was such a treat and undeniably delicious - the best I’ve ever had! I have heard only glowing reviews of the luncheon. Thank you guys today and every day!”

“I will say lunch was pretty awesome today.”

“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“I have really appreciated the wonderful cafeteria staff we have via Culinart and the thoughtful meals they provide our kids. They're truly one in a million. I have also really appreciated the dedication Parker and CulinArt share to sustainability and green practices on campus. I am so thankful that Parker has chosen CulinArt, a company that shares Parker values, and that they took the time and effort at such a hard time to make sure that Parker is always on the forefront of green practices and safety - never compromising.”

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