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Zero-Waste Fast Food?

Zero-Waste Fast Food? A & W Lunch

Mmmm, there’s nothing like a cold A&W rootbeer on a warm summer day. I went to the same location that gave me my zero-waste? breakfast for my lunch. The employee that helped me last time was there but leaving for the day. So I had to indoctrinate a new cashier today. I’m figuring out how to best ask for my requests because I think she really understood. Asking whether they would be able to just count out my onion ring directly into my container or if they would have to put it in their container first went really easy. I said I wanted the burger just right in my other Rubbermaid, no sleeve please. The girl went around into the kitchen area with my containers and I could see another employee taking a sleeved burger out of the pass. Overhearing the conversation, my cashier was trying to explain that “the customer” doesn’t want it in the foil sleeve. I never saw the burger go back in the pass through area. What happened to that burger? Is it the one I ended up with? Was it thrown away? I guess I will never know. I did get my food nice and hot in my containers. A&W does have the “help yourself ketchup” so I put some on the side and went on my way.

One of the best things I learned on this zero-waste fast food? trip was that I might be able to enjoy a root beer float that is not floating in a disposable cup. Yeah it’s the simple things that make me happy. Now I just need to go to the gym to burn off those onion rings 🙂


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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