Local Solutions Lower Food Waste Rates
Check out this week's piece in which Voice of America broadcasting discussed on-site composting as one way to help divert food waste in light of the heightened demand for fresh produce. They brought their story to Washington, DC, home to an established local food systems network due to numerous farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture, sustainably-minded food delivery services, and the like. They propose that food is wasted much less within local and smaller distribution systems, but we can never entirely avoided it. So, they look at innovative efforts which have the potential for dramatic change.
Enter stage left: Jeffrey Neal and his game-changing work at Loop Closing. Instead of hauling food waste to landfills, we "divert" it immediately via on-site composting machines positioned where food waste is generated, such as restaurants and universities. Because the US has focused on a centralized approach hampered by high costs of hauling, land, and compliance & by restrictions on zoning, permitting, and neighbor resistance, the food waste recycling rate is at 6%. If we stop hauling by composting on-site, we can be on a path to 100% food waste diversion! The UN has targeted reducing food waste by 50% by 2030 - Loop Closing will help us meet that goal.
If you have food scraps and are not sure what to do with them, we can help you find a food waste diversion solution - contact us via this link.