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Composting Food Wastes May Catch On

 

The most important thing that restaurants have to control is costs, and that includes the costs of eliminating food waste. Some restaurants have turned to composting as a way to deal with the huge problem of food waste in the United States but it's a cost-prohibitive measure, at least for the moment. Some areas are looking to turn it around.

Food wastes are actually a very valuable product for composters. Food wastes provide necessary nutrients and nitrogen for compost piles. Compost is then used to create more food, and thus a circle is created. Consumers are interested in these circles of reuse ever since the farm-to-table concept took off. Environmentally-conscious consumers like to know where their food comes from and know that it is sourced locally.

But only a tiny handful of restaurants sort their waste and sell it back to composters. The big problem with that is infrastucture and knowledge. There isn't a good system set up for restaurants to easily give their food waste back to composters or local farmers for reuse. If such a system could be set up, it could drive down the costs of running a restaurant. Gardeners and farmers pay a lot of money and put in a lot of effort to get their fields fertilized every year, especially organic farmers.

If this idea does come to fruition, maybe you won't have to get such a large trash can for your restaurant. You can use compost bins instead!

 



2015-11-03 00:00:00
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