If you are a local business here in Gainesville, Georgia and are looking to reduce the size of your traditional waste containers or reduce the frequency of your waste pick up service, you should start by composting food and organic waste. Composting is the most efficient way to deal with food waste. By continuing to dump food waste into a landfill or combustion facility strains our waste system overtime, and also leads to the release of major greenhouse gases, including methane and carbon dioxide.
Did you know that over one fourth of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste? The annual value of this excess food is estimated at around $31 billion.1 There is great potential for restaurants, grocery stores, food processors and other businesses to utilize their food waste and save money. Food waste is the third largest portion of the U.S. waste stream, yet at a recovery rate just under 3%, it is currently the least recovered portion.2 In 2015, the USDA cited “Food loss and waste in the United States accounts for approximately 31 percent — or 133 billion pounds — of the overall food supply available to retailers and consumers...".
Foothills Compost® can provide you with resources and solutions to reduce, reuse, and compost your food waste, thereby returning our finished product to your community! When food waste is brought to our composting facility, it is mixed with wood chips and allowed to decompose until it forms fertile compost that can be used for gardening and landscaping. This process conserves natural resources by returning valuable nutrients to the soil, and it conserves water by forming soils that retain moisture better. Ask your local restaurants, schools and businesses if they separate their food waste to help our environment! If not, tell them to call Foothills Compost® today and let us start helping your business save money and minimize landfill contribution!
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