Twenty-three higher education institutions in the New England are have joined forces with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce food and organic waste n their college campuses. Called the Food Recovery Challenge, the goal is to reduce over one and a half million tons of food scraps and organic waste each year throughout the region. The Food Recovery Challenge, helps schools to reduce, recycle, and donate excess food which not only saves the colleges money, but also helps to feed the homeless, needy, and unemployed, while protecting the environment.
Eleven college and universities from Massachusetts, three from Rhode Island, three from Maine, three from Vermont, two from Connecticut, and one from New Hampshire are involved. The names of participating schools can be found on the EPA’s website.
In addition, campus dining service operators such as Aramark, CompassUSA, and Sodexo are also involved and the Food Recovery Challenge has been formally endorsed by the National Association of College and University Dining Services as a means for attaining sustainability goals.
Leftover, uneaten generated that is prepared in cafeterias and dining halls in schools, hospitals, and restaurants is considered safe, and has the potential to feed millions of Americans who have limited financial means. Composting food waste, which is no longer safe for human consumption, can create a low cost additive to enhance soil quality.
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Diverting food waste from the disposal stream and landfills not only helps to save the environment but it also helps you to save on your trash disposal costs. If you business generates food waste, looking into alternatives to disposal could be in your best interest!