Stop Wasting Food at Dunkin’ Donuts

Target: Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin’ Donuts

Goal: Require Dunkin’ Donuts locations to donate or compost leftover food instead of letting it go to waste.

For years, Dunkin’ Donuts locations around the world have been throwing away countless tons of food, flouting the economic, environmental, and social imperatives to deal with this waste more sustainably. In the U.S. alone, landfills contribute the equivalent of 143 million tons of CO2. Meanwhile, over 40 million Americans live in food insecure households. Rather than help mitigate these problems by donating and composting its food, Dunkin’ Donuts chooses to send leftovers to the dumpster. As one of the world’s largest fast food chains, Dunkin’ Donuts has a responsibility to act as a leader in sustainable food service and must end its harmful waste management.

At the end of each shift, Dunkin’ Donuts franchises are left with food that hasn’t been bought and will not be sold. Unfortunately, this food is often thrown away, as franchises are not required to compost the leftovers or donate them to local shelters or food banks. As a result, locations waste tons of perfectly edible food that ends up in landfills, where it decomposes and contributes greenhouse gases to our atmosphere, while millions of people go hungry daily. By signing this petition, you will demand that the CEO of Dunkin’ Donuts, Nigel Travis, institute a mandate that all franchises donate what food is left over to their local shelters and food banks or compost it to reduce harmful waste and world hunger.


Dear Mr. Travis,

As one of the largest food chains in the world, Dunkin’ Donuts has an imperative to serve as a model for responsible food service, but your company’s waste management practices do not reflect what is modern, sustainable, or just. By not requiring franchisees to donate or compost leftover food, Dunkin’ Donuts is sending a message to consumers that filling a dumpster is more important than filling a stomach in need, harming the planet and its people along the way.

Dunkin’ Donuts has made many commitments to act sustainably, but refusing to reduce its significant contribution of food waste signals that these efforts are more for show than actual change. The leftovers your franchises send to the trash every day waste landfill space, contribute to climate change, and disregard the hunger of hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

Today we ask you to take a stand against needless food waste and become a leader in your industry by making Dunkin’ Donuts the first major food chain to institute the donation and composting of leftovers, establishing your company at the vanguard of sustainable businesses and helping ensure a better future for all.


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  1. TruthSeeker says:

    Donuts are not really food, but garbage which makes people diabetic, and fat. Sure, it tastes good, but how can donuts help hungry people? It will just make them all the hungrier, and stretch their bellies. High fructose corn syrup, sugar, white flour, etc. I sure do not need it.

  2. Donuts is not compatible for compost, so this petition – bullsh$t.

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