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About Food Waste

In 2010, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, more than any other material category except paper. Less than three percent was recovered and recycled, the rest - 33 million tons - was thrown away, making food waste the single largest component of municipal solid waste reaching landfills and incinerators. Food waste has significant economic as well as environmental consequences. Whether you are an individual, family, or business, chances are a considerable portion of your budget goes towards buying food. That means we are throwing away a lot of our money. Food waste includes uneaten food and food preparation scraps from residences or households, commercial establishments like restaurants, grocery stores, cafeterias and industrial sources.

When food is disposed in a landfill it quickly 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. Reducing, recovering, and recycling food waste diverts organic materials from landfills and incinerators, reducing GHG emissions from landfills and waste combustion. The use of recycled food waste (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. An additional benefit of food waste reduction, donation, and composting is improved sanitation, public safety and health. Reference: Reducing Food Waste for Businesses


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American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

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Northeast Recycling Council (NERC)

Reducing Food Waste for Business

US Green Building Council (USGBC)

Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York State

Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York State

New York State's Beyond Waste Plan (Plan) sets forth a new approach for New York State.

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Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York State

Food Facts

Your Scraps Add Up: Reducing food waste can save money and resources.

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Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York State

NRDC Issue Paper: Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill

Food is simply too good to waste. Even the most sustainably farmed food does us no good if the food is never eaten.

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Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York State

Global Food - Waste Not, Want Not.

Feeding the world's increasing population requires efficient energy and technology solutions, effectively decreasing food waste, and properly using land and water resources.

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Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Strategy for New York State

Toolkit: Social Assessment and Public Participation in Municipal Solid Waste Management

This toolkit provides guidance to central, municipal, and private sector agencies in conducting an SA and ensuring appropriate levels of public participation.

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Waste Termninology

Waste Terminology

A glossary of waste, recylcying and composting terms.

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