US EPA Food Recovery Resources Taking A Bite Out of Food Waste April 9 2010, Philadelphia. PA www.epa.gov/foodrecovery
Purpose: <ul><li>To  gather  together subject matter  experts  in all facets of  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>food recovery  and ...
Here’s where we were a decade ago <ul><ul><ul><li>1995   </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  Generated   Recycled </li></ul><ul>...
2 of the 3   biggest wastes in U.S. <ul><li>1995   Generated   Recycled </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food waste  14.1  M tons  3....
Food Waste - 2008:  32 Million Tons generated 31 Million Tons disposed  (97.5%)
This is “waste” …  this is your money
Where does it all go? <ul><li>… .to a landfill   </li></ul><ul><li>(a.k.a the dump) </li></ul>This is a landfill
And this is a landfill
It doesn’t go away …it’s neatly and safely stored in the ground   …
Forever
Wasted Food <ul><li>3 rd  largest waste stream </li></ul><ul><li>US EPA  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>32 Million tons generated <...
Biggest Sources of Food Waste (in order) <ul><li>Food Service Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial   </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
Wasted Food <ul><li>The food service industry estimates </li></ul><ul><li>4% to 10%  of food purchases become waste  befor...
HUGE wasted resource <ul><li>Even a small percentage recovered could feed millions! </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s first  Feed Pe...
Then feed the soil
Which in Turn -  Feeds People <ul><li>Model for Sustainability </li></ul>
Food Recovery Hierarchy
Feed People: <ul><li>Step #1:  Source Reduction  - reducing waste at the “source” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reducing over-orde...
<ul><li>Step #3:  Feed Animals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local farmers or zoos use food scraps as animal feed </li></ul></ul><...
<ul><li>Step #5: Composting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Composting on-site or sending to off-site composting operation </li></ul...
EPA Tools & Resources: <ul><li>Web Page :  www.epa.gov/foodrecovery </li></ul>
EPA Tools & Resources: <ul><li>Food Waste Management Cost Calculator </li></ul>
EPA Tools & Resources: <ul><li>Food Waste Management Cost Calculator </li></ul>
www.epa.gov/foodrecovery <ul><li>Basic Information   </li></ul><ul><li>Generators   </li></ul><ul><li>Households   </li></...
Only Scratching the Surface  <ul><li>That’s some of what is being done </li></ul><ul><li>There is so much more being done ...
Consider innovative options – but most importantly –  Act on them! or become extinct
EPA funded Technical assistance <ul><li>To Farmers/ Composters interested in composting food waste </li></ul>
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  1. 1. US EPA Food Recovery Resources Taking A Bite Out of Food Waste April 9 2010, Philadelphia. PA www.epa.gov/foodrecovery
  2. 2. Purpose: <ul><li>To gather together subject matter experts in all facets of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>food recovery and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>food waste management </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Identify the opportunities & obstacles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reducing the amount of food being wasted and sent to landfills. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing sustainability </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Here’s where we were a decade ago <ul><ul><ul><li>1995 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li> Generated Recycled </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food waste 14.1 M tons 3.4% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yard waste 30.6 M tons 22.9% </li></ul></ul>Paper & paperboard: 81.3M
  4. 4. 2 of the 3 biggest wastes in U.S. <ul><li>1995 Generated Recycled </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food waste 14.1 M tons 3.4% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yard waste 30.6 M tons 22.9% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food waste 31.8 M tons 2.5% -74% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yard waste 32.9 M tons 64.7% +283% </li></ul></ul>Here’s where we are now Paper & paperboard: 77.4M
  5. 5. Food Waste - 2008: 32 Million Tons generated 31 Million Tons disposed (97.5%)
  6. 6. This is “waste” … this is your money
  7. 7. Where does it all go? <ul><li>… .to a landfill </li></ul><ul><li>(a.k.a the dump) </li></ul>This is a landfill
  8. 8. And this is a landfill
  9. 9. It doesn’t go away …it’s neatly and safely stored in the ground …
  10. 10. Forever
  11. 11. Wasted Food <ul><li>3 rd largest waste stream </li></ul><ul><li>US EPA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>32 Million tons generated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>31 Million tons disposed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not include agricultural and industrial food wastes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>USDA </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1997 estimated 48 Million tons wasted (likely includes non-msw) </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Biggest Sources of Food Waste (in order) <ul><li>Food Service Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Restaurants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Quick Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Full Service </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grocery Stores </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Institutional </li></ul><ul><ul><li>K-12, Universities, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Prisons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Residential </li></ul>Does not include agricultural and industrial food wastes
  13. 13. Wasted Food <ul><li>The food service industry estimates </li></ul><ul><li>4% to 10% of food purchases become waste before ever reaching a guest. </li></ul>If you spend $500,000 on food purchases a year, that equals $50,000 thrown away
  14. 14. HUGE wasted resource <ul><li>Even a small percentage recovered could feed millions! </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s first Feed People – Not Landfills </li></ul>
  15. 15. Then feed the soil
  16. 16. Which in Turn - Feeds People <ul><li>Model for Sustainability </li></ul>
  17. 17. Food Recovery Hierarchy
  18. 18. Feed People: <ul><li>Step #1: Source Reduction - reducing waste at the “source” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reducing over-ordering & processing wastes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reducing over preps & plate waste </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step #2: Feed Hungry People </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Donating wholesome food, supplies and prepared foods to food banks, pantries, and kitchens </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Step #3: Feed Animals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local farmers or zoos use food scraps as animal feed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step #4: Industrial Uses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fat, oil and grease (FOG) can be converted into soaps, cosmetics, and biodiesel fuel </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Step #5: Composting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Composting on-site or sending to off-site composting operation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>includes anaerobic digestion with digestate being composted </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Step #6: Landfill/Incineration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Last resort is disposal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>includes anaerobic digesters where the digestate is landfilled </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 21. EPA Tools & Resources: <ul><li>Web Page : www.epa.gov/foodrecovery </li></ul>
  22. 22. EPA Tools & Resources: <ul><li>Food Waste Management Cost Calculator </li></ul>
  23. 23. EPA Tools & Resources: <ul><li>Food Waste Management Cost Calculator </li></ul>
  24. 24. www.epa.gov/foodrecovery <ul><li>Basic Information </li></ul><ul><li>Generators </li></ul><ul><li>Households </li></ul><ul><li>Food Waste Recovery Hierarchy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Source Reduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed People </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed Animals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industrial Uses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Composting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tools and Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Success Stories </li></ul><ul><li>Where You Live </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent Questions </li></ul>
  25. 25. Only Scratching the Surface <ul><li>That’s some of what is being done </li></ul><ul><li>There is so much more being done by so many different companies and organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Yet still only 2.5 % of food is being recovered - 31 million tons still discarded </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s see what we can do working together </li></ul>
  26. 26. Consider innovative options – but most importantly – Act on them! or become extinct
  27. 27. EPA funded Technical assistance <ul><li>To Farmers/ Composters interested in composting food waste </li></ul>

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