All 30 teams in the National Hockey League are participating in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge to reduce food waste, according to a story in Waste & Recycling News. This challenge asks consumers, organizations and businesses to participate and "use food to feed people, not landfills."
The NHL is teaming up with Rock and Wrap It Up, a non-profit organization that works to distribute leftover food, like that found in concession stands at sports stadiums, to shelters and food banks.
This is great news, as recent EPA numbers say 36 million tons of food waste was generated in the country last year, at the same time that 14.9% of households didn’t know where their next meal would come from.
If leftover food is not fit for donation, it can be recycled in controlled conditions, as in Anaerobic Digesters, to produce renewable energy and compost. Food that is sent to landfills produces the powerful Greenhouse Gas Methane, as it breaks rot. Donating leftover food, rather than discarding it, helps to reduce GHG emissions from landfills, and more importantly, feeds those who might otherwise go hungry.
Food is currently the largest component in the waste stream, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
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