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100 NYC eateries sign on to cut down on garbage

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NEW YORK (AP) - Some of New York City's best known restaurants are pledging to slash their trash.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday that more 100 eateries have agreed to use composting and other techniques to cut down their landfilled food waste by 50%.

Participants include the classic French restaurant Le Bernardin and the popular Japanese noodle shop Momofuku.  There's also a slate of restaurants run by star chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich.

Some of the more casual eateries include 'WichCraft sandwich shops and the Pret-a-Manger  cafe chain.

They'll start by auditing how much waste they generate, then work to slice that in half.

Food waste makes up one-third of the city's 20,000 tons of daily garbage. Seventy percent of commercial food waste comes from restaurants.

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