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# 1. Choose a fast-food restaurant to study. Mc Donald's 2.

Throughout this study, be as quiet and as unobtrusive as possible, and avoid aggravating the restaurant management or customers. 3. At the restaurant, observe how food is packaged as it is served. Make notes about the type of packaging used, paying particular attention to the following questions: a. What are the packages made from? Made from paper, cardboard boxes and plastic b. How many layers of packaging are used for each food item? Minimum of 2 to 3 c. Do servers provide utensils, condiments, and napkins, or do customers help themselves? How are the condiments packaged? Servers provide the utensils, condiments and napkins they are packaged in plastic or paper bags. 4. Choose a centrally located trash container and observe it for 30 minutes. Count the number of people who deposit trash in the container in that time. 5 people threw away bags, wrapping paper from cheeseburgers and used napkins as well as condiments. 5. Estimate the total number of customers per day as follows: Take the number of people who visited your trashcan in 30 minutes. Multiply this number by 2, and then multiply it by the number of hours per day the restaurant is open. 5*2=10. 10*24=240 Multiply this result by the number of trashcans per restaurant. 240*3= 720 Finally, assume that each person deposited trash for an average of 2 customers, and multiply by 2 to obtain the total to obtain the total number of customers per day. 720*2*2=2880 6. Estimate what waste items--cups, straws, tray lines, etc.--are thrown away, by the average customer. Based on this estimate, how many of each item would be thrown away each day? 1 cup, 1 straw, 1tray lines, 1 frie package, 1wrapping paper, 2 napkins, 3 condiments; 10*2880=2880 7. Are separate recycling containers provided for the customers? If so, do signs on the container make it clear which waste items are supposed to go into the recycling containers and which go to the trash? No there is no recycling containers provided for the customers. 8. Summarize your findings. Create a table that shows your statistical data and include a description of the types and amount of waste generated at the restaurant you visited.

Conclusion: * Fast-food restaurant, date and time of your visit along with your classmates. Wednesday, February 30, 2014 at 4:00-5:30 * Ways to avoid producing certain types of waste altogether. If given a lot of napkins or condiments that you know you will not use, just give it back as well as reusing the cups at home. If given a lot of bags, give some back. * Ways to replace disposable items with reusable ones. Making them ceramic plates, could be reusable for a period of weeks. * Discussion of what waste items could be recycled or composted. Plastic cups used for beverages and wrapping paper from the cheeseburgers and other food and even the boxes used for pies and Big Macs. * Ways to replace non-recyclable, non-compostable items that can be recycled or composted. Use Glass cups or using other methods to serve the burgers and fries, so that they don't use a lot of boxes and paper.