If surplus food or food scraps is a large part of your organization’s trash, collecting organics — food, paper towels and napkins, and plant clippings — will give these materials a new life and may save your business or organization money. Keeping organics out of the trash:
- Reduces the greenhouse gasses they produce at the landfill
- Puts them to a better use as compost
- Could save your organization money by reducing the amount of trash hauling you pay
Businesses, organization and even individuals have a variety of options depending on the type of food scraps that are generated:
Donate food for people or animals
Food rescue organizations want your food, so they can serve hungry residents. Food scraps and expired food items that are not suitable for people might still be good for animal feed.
Collect food for commercial composting
Food scraps, food-soiled paper and certified-compostable products are accepted at commercial compost sites. In about six months, those same items will turn into compost, a valuable soil amendment.