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As a demonstration project of EDEN Delmarva, REPLENISH promotes the recovery of organic materials from Rehoboth Beach restaurants for the creation of compost that helps serve local farmers with their crops.   REPLENISH is a collaboration among restaurants, haulers, a compost facility, and local farmers.  Blue Hen Disposal will be hauling the material to the compost facility at Blue Hen Organics in Dagsboro, DE.

  • The Green Restaurant Association, a national nonprofit, estimates that restaurants discard 30 percent of their food, about $48.2 billion worth a year.
  • In Delaware, effective July 1, 2010, tipping fees of Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) landfills increased by 50 percent.  The state recognizes that the stream of waste to landfills must be reduced.
  • A significant portion of Delaware’s food waste comes from the restaurant industry. This food waste can be composted and/or donated to charities.
  • Waste reduction and recycling organic material prevents greenhouse gas (GHG) emission, reduces pollutants, saves energy, conserves resources, and reduces the need for new disposal facilities.
  • Compost improves soil nutrient quality, reduces use of chemical fertilizer, reduces pollution runoff to bays and streams, and reduces disease in local agricultural products and landscape uses.
  • As agriculture is the largest industry in Sussex County, farmland preservation and sustainable farming are essential ingredients in promoting Delaware’s agricultural economy, maintaining rural jobs, and implementing responsible conservation practices.


  • Preventing Pollution & Saving Money – REPLENISH helps waste generators like restaurants save money in tipping fees by reducing their landfill impact, and diverting the organic material to compost.
  • Gaining a Competitive Edge in Marketing - REPLENISH Participants use the program logo in marketing materials.
  • Increased Customer Base  - Diners value the source and quality of their food and are increasingly asking for “environmentally friendly” dining experiences, including locally grown foods and environmentally conscious practices at the restaurants they enjoy the most.
  • Free Assistance – REPLENISH collaborative team and DNREC’s P2 Program staff are available to provide on-site assistance and guidance in solving waste management and conservation problems.
  • Public Recognition -  REPLENISH provides certificates and window decals for display at your facility.

What organics can be collected from restaurants?

Food Scraps

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Bakery items
  • Meat & Poultry
  • Seafood & Fish (shells, bones, etc)
  • Eggs
  • Cheese, yogurt
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Cooked foods
  • Plate scrapings
  • Frozen foods

Paper Products

  • Compostable utensils
  • Paper service ware
  • Soiled napkins
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Compostable bags

* No trash, metal, plastic, or other non-organic item