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Why Recycle?

Environmental Footprint

Reduce your environmental footprint by recycling your organic waste. According to the EPA, more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only three percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for

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Why should we divert food waste from landfills?

  • Landfill’s cost increase yearly and are filling up.
  • Largest source of methane GHG released into the atmosphere.
  • Less than 3% of Food waste is recycled. 97% is left in landfills!

Food Facts:

  • Food waste has increased by 50% Since 1974.
  • 40% of all food produced in the US is thrown out as trash.
  • Food is the third largest waste stream after paper and yard waste.

Achieving by Composting:

  • Composting Creates A Valuable Soil Amendment
  • Improve Sanitation, Public Safety, and Health at Your Facility
  • By implementing a composting program, coupled with a recycling program; you can achieve a zero waste stream.

Why Divert Food Waste From Landfills?

Types of Benefits

 

Environmental Benefits

  • Reduce Methane From Landfills – When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane – a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Landfills are a major source of human-related methane in the United States, accounting for more than 20 percent of all methane emissions.
  • Reduce Resource Use Associated with Food Production – There are many resources needed to grow food, including water, fertilizers, pesticides, and energy. By wasting food, you are also wasting the resources that when into growing it. Additionally, 14 percent of greenhouse gases in the United States are associated with growing, manufacturing, transporting, and disposing of food. By reducing the amount of food wasted, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Create A Valuable Soil Amendment – Recycling food waste and turning it into compost has many environmental benefits such as improving soil health and structure; increasing drought resistance; and reducing the need for supplemental water, fertilizers, and pesticides. Food waste can also be turned into renewable energy and a soil amendment through anaerobic digestion.
  • Improve Sanitation, Public Safety, and Health at Your Facility – Food waste dumped in standard trash cans and dumpsters in the back alley of a home, store or restaurant can generate bad odors and attract rodents or insects. Placing food scraps in a closed, leak-proof, durable, and reusable container, and having it frequently emptied for composting can significantly reduce, and even eliminate these problems.

 

Economic Benefits

  • Lower Disposal Costs – By decreasing the amount of food wasted, businesses pay less to dispose of their trash.  Less food in your waste stream = savings.  You reduce your costs, divert organics, and increase your recycling footprint.
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