Commercial Food Waste Composting

Food Waste Recycling: A Growing Opportunity in “Plate Waste”

In the US alone, we generate about 30 million tons of organic waste every year – but only recycle a tiny fraction of that amount. Collecting and composting food scraps diverts them from landfills and incinerators, converting them from “waste” into a productive resource. Businesses and institutions, schools, restaurants, and residents may reduce their waste disposal costs while also producing benefits for their local environment.

Food Waste Recycling Compost

Harvest New England accepts and composts food waste at our Ellington, CT facility. Launched in 2009 as a demonstration project, our Ellington facility is now a permanent food scrap recycling center.

Many municipalities are adopting food waste composting programs. Forward-thinking communities like Toronto, Seattle, and San Francisco have initiated food waste composting programs. In San Francisco, it is now mandatory for businesses and residents to recycle their food scraps. In Connecticut, it is mandatory for certain businesses located within a 20-mile radius of a food waste recycling center like our Ellington facility.

Harvest New England’s aerobic composting process solves environmental challenges in disposing of waste while creating compost that fertilizes our gardens, nurtures our food sources, and enriches our topsoil. As our society looks for more recycling prospects, food waste recycling represents an enormous opportunity, financially and environmentally.