Sustainability has been a guiding principal of Bentley’s Grill from the very first moment we opened our doors in 2005. It defines who we are and has shaped our business practices for over a decade. But when we talk about sustainability what do we really mean?
Buying Local Healthy Ingredients
We know that buying the best and freshest local produce doesn’t just mean our food tastes better, it means our food is healthier too. When possible, we source our ingredients from local vendors and growers. It’s not uncommon to find our chefs spending their Wednesdays finding the freshest, healthiest ingredients at Salem’s Wednesday Market. By buying local, Bentley’s Grill supports the local economy and long-term sustainability.
Replacing Garbage Cans with Recycling and Composting Cans
Instead of one-dump-fits-all garbage cans we use recycling and composting cans to separate our trash, ensuring that every bit of waste is placed into its proper receptacle. It’s only when trash is separated accordingly does it becomes clear how much extra waste is created every single day.
Committing To Recycling
When we say we are committed to recycling, we absolutely mean it. We recycle our plastic wrap/bags, paper, newspapers, cardboard, Styrofoam, tin, metal, light bulbs, batteries, ink cartridges, milk lids, plastic ware, straws, stir sticks, key cards, and even old CD’s. We recycle everything but the kitchen sink because frankly we need it.
Creating a Waste-free House Front
We strive to keep the front of the house as close to waste-free as possible. To this endeavor all tickets, straws, bottles, napkins, corks, and other waste are either recycled or composted.
Training our Team to Ensure Sustainable Practices
All the previously mentioned practices are encouraged and maintained through our enthusiastic and committed team. By educating our employees in recycling procedures (what can and can’t be recycled) and our waste-free front policy we have cemented our philosophy of great meals through sustainable practices.
Being Recognized and Certified for Sustainability
These policies are what lead us to become the first EarthWise certified restaurant in Salem, an honor we don’t take lightly. We’ve completed Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge, and in 2011 were named “Large Sustainable Business Of The Year” by Mid-Valley Green Awards!
These recognitions are a testament to the hard work of our team, but in the end of the day are not the reason we maintain these practices. We do it because we believe that sustainable practices are better for our customer, our team, and our planet.
That’s what we mean when we talk about sustainability.