July 16 - Pennsylvania Programs Cut Costs While Cutting Waste
Submitted by Recycling News on July 16, 2012 - 15:23.
Pennsylvanian organizations are putting their foot down on food waste (literally and figuratively) and are finding that diversion is as good for businesses as it is for communities.
At 13.9%, food waste makes up the second largest fraction of America’s trash. While an impressive two-thirds of America’s paper is recycled and half of yard waste is composted, only 2.8% of food waste is diverted from the landfill.
In about five months, the program generated 55 tons of food for Pennsylvania’s hungry, 250 tons of food for compost, and saved Brown’s over $20,000 in trash pickup costs. If that wasn’t enough, looking for items to donate gave employees a better idea of the inventory and led to more accurate food orders.
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