Zero Waste Movement

Sep 15, 2015 | written by:

Have you ever wondered what happens to the food tossed into the dumpsters every day? Throwing food away is very common and so the Zero Waste Movement has been created for giving ‘organics’ a second life. Before talking about this project here you have some important data:

  • approximately 40% of our food supply is wasted; the equivalent of 115 billion dollars per year;
  • organic waste is the second highest component of landfills and the largest source of methane emissions;
  • in 2010 Americans wasted almost 33.8 million tons of food;
  • if we wasted 5 percent less food, that would be enough to feed 4.000.000 Americans.

The Zero Waste program aims to produce less waste and also to limit pollution by eliminating or reducing the plastic materials and creating more sustainable packaging. Today many industries are engaging in this project despite the economic and oganizational obstacles.

An example is Sierra Nevada Brewery Company, in California, that for responsibly managing its food waste, has invested money to buy the ‘Hot Rot’ composting machine. With this tool, 100% of food waste produced by the company becomes useful fertilizer for the fields. The progress continues and CalRecycle industry recently announced they have some grant funding for industries to install the Hot Rot type of composing machine.

 

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