I’ve been back from the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) annual conference for a few days. I’m still trying to digest everything I learned. And, yes, a lot of it had to do with food – or more specifically, food waste.
Food scraps represent 14.5% of the municipal solid waste stream, but they are over 21% of landfilled waste. Clearly, we have a disconnect. But we are on the brink of change.
Recovery of food scraps is moving beyond worm bins and moving into curbside bins in many locations. Meanwhile, food waste reduction has moved from the back burner for institutions and restaurants looking to cut fat from their budgets.
In our efforts to reduce food waste, we find common cause with those encouraging healthy eating and those working to feed the hungry. What’s happening to food scraps in your community? How are your programs changing? Are you in dialogue with new partners?
At our CRRA booth, we had a prize drawing for a Go Green tote bag and a couple of great books. One was Garbology by Edward Humes, which we’ve featured in previous blog posts. The second was American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It) by Jonathan Bloom. Look for a review on that book in a future blog post. We congratulate the winner of our drawing, Barbara Wulf, Outreach/Education Specialist for the City of Oxnard (CA).
We all have a lot on our plates when it comes to food waste reduction. Let’s dig in!
For a little more food fun, check out these food puns.