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Waste Not, Want Not

Most of the organic materials that end up in the dumpster are produce, bakery items, and dairy products.

Those foods could be used in five ways to reduce the amount of food waste being generated.

If food is anaerobically digested for renewable energy production, then the residuals can, and should, be put to beneficial use to feed the soil not landfills.

Businesses, institutions, and individuals alike are being encouraged to make the most of what they have by reducing their food waste, separating excess food for donations, and composting the remainder. Reducing, donating and recycling excess food can have a major impact on greening the environment.

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Food waste is generated from many sources including food manufacturing, processing facilities, supermarkets, and institutions such as schools, prisons, hospitals, restaurants, food courts, and households.

The food recovery hierarchy is a pyramid which goes as follows; source reduction, feeding the hungry, feeding animals, industrial uses, and composting.  Feeding the hungry and animals left over produce and dairy waste not only helps those in need but also helps rid our landfills of extra waste. Leftover food waste can be reused at local zoos to feed the animals rather than adding to our landfills.

Non-perishable food and wholesome, unspoiled, perishable food can be donated to local food banks, soup kitchens, and shelters. Local and national food recovery programs frequently offer free pick-up and provide reusable containers to donors.

Converting excess human food into animal feed is not a new idea. Many programs are already set in place and are currently working to ease pressure on our landfills.

EPA – Wastes

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