Event will Divert Organic Waste from Landfill to New Harvest Power Energy Garden in Central Florida
BAY LAKE, Fla., Mar 12– Harvest Power is aiming to add a new tradition for businesses and consumers in Central Florida – to recycle organic waste into clean energy and soil nutrients. What better place to motivate excitement around this movement than at Central Florida’s most traditional sporting event: The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard. This year’s PGA TOUR Event event will be green in more ways than one, as Harvest Power is sponsoring collection and pickup of food waste throughout the tournament for the first time ever.
The March 17-23 event will give players, spectators, staff and other guests at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard the opportunity to help create renewable energy at the new Central Florida Energy Garden run by Harvest Power, an innovative leader in recycling food waste. The facility will process the leftover salads, sandwiches, lemon wedges, etc. into clean renewable energy through anaerobic digestion. Eventually the food scraps will become natural soil products that boost nutrients for farms and gardens. Participants will see 100 organic collection bins on-site at the tournament, as well as signage, to make it easy for everyone to separate their food waste.
“We’re excited to take ‘green’ to a whole new level in Central Florida,” said Chris Peters, the company’s regional vice president in Florida. “At Harvest Power, we develop strong partnerships with local communities and showcase the importance of diverting food waste from landfills. Ultimately, we’d like to see our natural fertilizers – made from local organics – spread back onto the fairways to fully complete the organic loop.”
Food waste disposal is one of North America’s greatest challenges. Currently, compostable organic material makes up the largest and heaviest portion of the overall waste stream in the U.S., according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The majority of organic material is discarded with waste and hauled to distant landfills. In Central Florida, about 24 pounds of food waste enters a landfill every second – or more than 1,000 tons per day. Harvest Power’s “Orlando Or Landfill? Responsible Food Recovery” campaign inspires businesses to “Choose Orlando” to reduce pressure on landfills and help produce local renewable energy and natural soil nutrients. Harvest Power works with local businesses and haulers to provide simple solutions for food waste recycling.
For more information on this initiative, visit www.WeChooseOrlando.com.
About Harvest Power
Harvest creates a more sustainable future by helping communities better manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the production of renewable energy, and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers. Harvest’s vision is to find the highest and best use for the 500 million tons of organic material produced in North America each year. The company operates organics management facilities in the East and West Coasts of the U.S., and in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada. Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008 and has garnered awards for its business of recycling, energy generation and soil revitalization. The company has been named to the Global Cleantech 100 four years in a row, received Bloomberg’s 2013 New Energy Pioneer Award and was named in Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.