Refuse and Recycling Blog
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) food waste is second only to paper waste in the amount generated each year. In 2010, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, accounting for 14 percent of municipal solid waste. Less than three percent of this waste was recycled, a figure that the agency wants to increase significantly, and which could reap financial benefits for food business owners such as restaurants and grocery stores. Commercial food waste management and removal is gradually expanding industry, as the public increases its demands for responsible and meaningful community stewardship and environmental consciousness in the businesses it supports, and states and local government agencies seek to increase the regulation of food waste disposal and incineration, in efforts to minimize the practice.