Food waste: it’s gross. And its potential to power cars and replenish soils is gorgeous. Since recycling food waste is such a hot topic, especially for readers of Bioenergy Insight, Harvest mapped out the drivers that shape how food waste flows through the system after it leaves your plate.

stepping up to the plate: the flow of urban food wasteHere’s a taste of what you’ll learn:


Technologies: a quick overview of anaerobic digestion and composting.

Characteristics: Generators, Energetic Densities, Volumes, Distritribution, and the dance known as capture rate versus contamination rate.

Best practices for Public Area Collection (see “Throw in the Know” poster):

  1. Use pictures
  2. Point positive
  3. Place your signs close
  4. Color coordinate
  5. Pair bins

Household access to food waste collection has doubled from 2014 to 2017, to over 5 million households. This trend is just the tip of the iceberg…lettuce. Read the whole story.

And if you like seeing the transformation of “gross to gorgeous” you’ll love this video: