Food waste filling up landfills worldwide has been a steadily-increasing issue for some time now. Cities such as Vancouver, B.C. have begun banning food waste from trash, however, more widespread initiatives seem to be needed. Now, a possible solution has arrived in the form of an app.
The app, called MintScraps, was created to help food businesses. Because restaurants are inevitably large contributors to the food waste issue, Mintscraps allows users to measure and reduce their weekly waste. In addition to calculating the cost of their waste, the app also provides the restaurant with suggestions for savings.
According to CNBC, five New York City restaurants run by celebrity chef Mario Batali are already using the app. Each of those restaurants is part of the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, which also hopes to expand the use of MintScraps in Los Angeles.