The benefits of recycling food waste

Did you know food waste is the single largest category of waste that ends up in landfills? It’s true. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency projects that 70 billion pounds of food waste enters American landfills each year.

The good news is that modern waste methods and technologies are addressing the problem, from biogas and other waste-to-energy methods to what we do here at Triple-S Compost: using food waste as an essential feedstock to produce high-performance, recycled-waste landscaping products.

FoodWasteblog.pngMany types of food waste can be diverted from landfills to create our premium composts, soils, blends and mulches. Fruits, vegetables, coffees and teas (including filters and bags) — pretty much anything that comes from a farm or garden and isn’t contaminated with bleach, plastic, dyes or similar substances — are ideal candidates for organic recycling. Here at Triple-S Compost we process tons of fruit and vegetable waste each week! 

Here are three reasons for everyone to consider reducing and recycling food waste however you can:

1. It keeps decaying foods out of landfills. It’s a good thing when we can keep any waste from ending up in landfills, but decaying food is particularly problematic. Many people wrongly assume that because food is organic, it will naturally decompose in a landfill. But most landfills are made for storage not decomposition, and the lack of oxygen keep the organic material from biodegrading properly before producing methane. So, diverting food waste from landfills to other valuable uses means less methane gas and fewer greenhouse emissions. As we seek new and better ways to accomplish personal and corporate sustainability goals, landfill diversion should be high on the list. 

2. Food can nourish the soil as well as people. Food scraps like fruits, vegetables, eggshells, coffees, teas and their filters are ideal feedstocks for our material production because they add  nutrients and beneficial microbes back into the process. If you consider how all those nutrients and antioxidants benefit our bodies, you can understand why our soil and organic-recycling experts call the fruit and vegetable waste pictured here “liquid gold.”

3. Recycling food waste promotes the circular economy. At every stage of the life cycle, recycling food waste is regenerative and contributes to the circular economy. Instead of taking up valuable space in a landfill, the food waste is used to create “greener,” healthier soil amendments and landscaping products that return the improved organic matter back to nature and improve the green spaces wherever it is used. It’s the circular economy in action!

At Triple-S Compost, we can work with businesses, schools, food service organizations and food producers and manufacturers to find responsible and sustainable methods to handle food waste. Our experts can show you how to minimize carbon use and maximize corporate sustainability goals. 

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