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Restaurant Goes Green

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Salads aren't the only thing green you'll see on the Country Gentleman's menu.  The restaurant is trying to spread the word of environmental safety.

They're doing it mostly through practice, but you'll also see green tee-shirts with the recycling logo on it.  The restaurant says the shirts prompt conversation between customer and server.

They're also doing as well as showing.  Some of the biggest amounts of waste come from excess water and that's why the restaurant uses new conservation methods.

"Some of our biggest efforts are in reducing the waste in dishwashing," says Steve Simmons, the owner of the restaurant.  "We only do water on demand here in the restaurant, so if you want a glass of water you can certainly have one, but we don't bring on to everyone at the table."

They also use warm recycled water to rinse dishes instead of fresh, hot water.  And they are recycling and using paper catering products.  They also hope to one day turn garbage into compost; something that's good for the environment, and saves them a buck or two.