One Way to Cut Food Waste? Make it a Crime One Way to Cut Food Waste? Make it a Crime
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One Way to Cut Food Waste? Make it a Crime

by Nicole Rogers

April 25, 2013

“We’ve found it’s the right thing to do financially—and for the environment,’’ said Massachusetts Food Association president Christopher Flynn, who represents supermarkets throughout the state, in the Globe article. “It takes time to set up the process, but once it’s up, you’re reducing your trash fees.’’

The Boston Globe noted that US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said she expects other states to follow suit, noting that the EPA recently changed the names of its waste offices to reuse offices.

Local farmers can benefit from the new rules as well. According to South Coast Business Bulletin, farmers can charge businesses and institutions for collecting waste and then resell it as compost. They can also use the waste themselves by composting it and spreading it on their fields, or by feeding food scraps to chickens.

Sustainable America actively supports food waste recycling. We’ve covered Houston’s innovative efforts to upcycle food waste, and even illustrated how to compost at home. In the U.S. 40 percent of our food is wasted, food that could be used as energy. Food waste recycling has the ability to help increase food availability and energy security in the United States. New composting businesses and anaerobic energy plants could mean job growth as well.

Related: Learn How to Compost in Your Apartment Year-Round

Food scraps image from Shutterstock

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