Food waste is heavy and disposal costs for trash are generally higher than those for food waste.
With all the high numbers involved in food waste, Harvest Power works with clients to ensure at least a cost-neutral savings when converting to a food waste diversion program.
Did you know?
According to the The Natural Resources Defense Council, in the U.S., 20 pounds of food per person every month is wasted. This means that what Americans are throwing out in food waste, is the equivalent of $165 billion each year. Statistics include:
- More than 36 million tons of food waste was generated in 2011, 96 percent of which was thrown away into landfills or incinerators. Food scraps and solid and liquid fats weigh 412 lbs. in a 55-gallon drum.
- By weight, food scraps can be as much as 50% or more of a food service business’s waste stream.
- 5 gallons of food scraps, diverted away from landfills, prevents greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to burning over 1 gallon of gasoline. Some haulers charge less if food waste is separated from the trash.
Participating in a food waste diversion program reduces the weight of your trash, which could result in a reduction in trash disposal costs. Lower disposal costs and reduce your business’s carbon footprint! Learn more by contacting Chris Peters at Harvest Power and start saving TODAY.