Americans throw out lots of food. Estimates from the EPA say nearly 40 million tons are landfilled or incinerated each year. And in Connecticut, food waste is second only to paper in terms of what people toss in the trash.
So more than five years ago, a new state law began requiring large businesses to recycle their leftover food. The hope was to divert organic waste from the trash bin while enticing recyclers to build in the state.
Williams said food waste is, potentially, recycling’s next big thing. Keeping food out of landfills reduces harmful methane emissions. It can potentially lower your garbage bill because you’re putting less stuff in the bin. And, he said, it’s just a more sustainable way to recycle. More >>