Food Waste Recycling is the New Normal
According to the EPA only 35% of food waste is recycled in America. In fact, 65% of food waste goes to landfills. Vermont is no different. They send the same amount of uneaten food to landfills. However, their new universal recycling law is the first in 10 years to change this. To understand the new recycling law, let us look at Vermont’s trash. Vermont’s trash was split into five sections. First, is special wastes. Second, is organics – or food waste. Third, are paper, plastics, and C&D which make up the rest. By building recycling each one of these categories the law cuts landfill waste in half. As a result, we see a reduction in greenhouse gases.
What Does Recycling Organic Waste Look Like?
Uneaten food and food scraps release strong methane gases in landfills. Indeed, Methane contributes to climate change. So how does food recycling work to curb this? Food recycling reallocates uneaten foods. It re-directs scraps to feed animals. Waste recycling ensures local egg producers receive nutrient rich feed. This product also enriches soil for the next generation of crops. The Universal Recycling Law offers guidelines to both businesses and residents. The Universal Recycling Law emphasizes reduction of consumption first. Then it seeks to feed people and animals. Remaining waste is composted through anaerobic digestion. This complete the food recycling process.
Vermont’s Recycling Law Public and Private Life
Vermont’s recycling law targets two demographics. The first is residents. How can the state help resident’s help the state? Vermont’s recycling law makes it simple. Vermont’s waste collectors launched food scrap collection services in 2017. Now, they will offer Vermont residents will receive equal access to food scrap disposal the same as trash and recycling. It’s all bundled into one utility fee. Additionally, public space food recycling will ensure organic waste cans are next to trash cans. Public spaces include city streets, parks, schools and more. The second demographic for Vermont’s recycling law is businesses. The law requires supermarkets, campuses, and
restaurants to comply with new standards. These institutions are required to recycle food waste if they are within 20 miles of a recycling facility.