Big names in the corporate world source-separate food waste for composting. Each time it happens, food waste diversion can claim a major victory.
And in this case, everyone wins, not only the waste generator.
Diversion enthusiasts applaud higher recycling rates and lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Corporations earn green bragging rights. Everyone gets a sustainable management program for biodegradables.
Some high-volume generators don’t care about such things. They only want the lower tipping fee.
But they still enjoy cleaner air and a longer lifespan for the local landfill.
Yet the war against wasted organics is far from over. Businesses producing compostable waste in high volumes represent the low-hanging fruit. Their generation rates justify the cost of commercial collection for compostables.
But for everyone else, the economics may not make sense.
Commercial composters drool over the market potential of independent grocers, restaurants, and households. But without source separation and collection infrastructure, a facility could stand empty.
At the cart and bin level, a municipal plan to ensure route density boosts food waste diversion. Build that system, and the composters will come.