Food Waste

The Next Step in Waste Collection

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, food waste represents 15% of US municipal solid waste (MSW).  However, that material is heavy due to its moisture content, so it’s costly to landfill or incinerate.  Wet food waste also makes incinerators and waste-to-energy facilities burn less efficiently.  Finally, food waste has value, and it’s not a great idea to just throw it away.

Food Waste Graph

Some US communities have started programs to collect household food waste and take it to composting facilities where it is made into fertilizer, nutrient-rich soil, and biofuels.  These programs are great for the environment, and they help communities save on disposal costs.

Helping Communities Collect Food Waste

For years, WasteZero has been helping cities and towns determine how best to collect organic waste—and cover the cost of doing so.  These programs work best when coupled with a unit-based-pricing (pay-as-you-throw) system for trash, but they don’t have to be launched in a PAYT environment.

We can help you determine how best to structure a food-waste program for your community, how to finance it, and how to make it sustainable for the long-term.

Our solutions include:

  • Design and development of curbside food waste collection programs
  • Piloting and evaluation of food waste programs
  • Compostable bags, certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) to meet ASTM D6400 compostability standards
  • Supply distribution, logistics, and inventory management

Contact us to see how we can help your community get food waste out of your trash and put it to better use.

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