In the United States each year we generate 31.7 million tons of food waste which represents 12.5% of the total waste stream. Only 2.6% of that food waste does not end up in landfills. The larger environmental damage happens after the consumption stage, where millions of tons of food waste are sent to landfills. Rotten food accounts for 34% of all methane emissions which is 20 times more damaging to the environment than CO2. Using cutting edge sustainable solutions we divert many tons of food waste from going to landfills, therefore avoiding methane emissions and leachate contamination into the US water stream. Compost and other clean by-products go back to their origins, thus closing the recycling loop. Treating food & oil waste on site contributes to decreasing the number of collection vehicles on US streets and highways, which in turn, reduces significant energy consumption and CO2.
There is little to no awareness of the damage caused when sending food waste to landfills. We are missing a big opportunity to recover nutrients from food waste that would be otherwise lost when sent to landfills and to generate electricity and heat from oil waste that otherwise would be lost at a biodiesel or rendering site. Among all recycling process (cardboard, plastic, glass, etc) onsite composting is the only natural way of recycling which does not generate CO2, it does not require significant power to transform a new product and does not emit potential harmful by-products.