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NYC Restaurants Divert 2,500 Tons of Food Waste

food wasteNew York City restaurants have diverted more than 2,500 tons of food waste from landfills in the past six months, the Associated Press reports.

The food from 100 restaurants participating in the city’s voluntary Food Waste Challenge has been used as compost or donated to food banks.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to expand the program to hotels, stadiums and other large producers of food waste, the news agency reports. New York officials are working to launch a cloud-based software platform that will track waste and evaluate it for more efficient pickup or delivery.

Food waste currently comprises one-third of the city’s more than 20,000 tons of daily refuse.

New York is not alone in its efforts to reduce food waste. Starting in July 2014, large swathes of commercial food waste in Massachusetts will will be converted into energy via anaerobic digesters, according to plans proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration. In August, Boston began piloting its first public composting program, inviting residents to drop off compostable food scraps for free at three city farmers’ markets.

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One thought on “NYC Restaurants Divert 2,500 Tons of Food Waste

  1. The large amount of global food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, the struggling families in today’s tough economy and for the food retailers. We should address the fresh food waste problem in every link in our fresh food supply chain. For example, the excess inventory of perishable food items close to their expiration on supermarket shelves causes waste.
    The consumer “Last In First Out” shopping behavior might be one of the weakest links of the fresh food supply chain.
    Why not let the consumer perform the perishables rotation for the supermarket by offering him dynamic purchasing incentives for perishables approaching their expiration dates before they end up in a landfill?
    The new emerging GS1 DataBar standard enables automatic applications that offer dynamic incentives for perishables approaching their expiration dates.
    The “End Grocery Waste” application, which is based on GS1 DataBar standard, encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that maximizes grocery retailer revenue and makes fresh food affordable for all families while effectively reducing the global carbon footprint. You can look this application up at EndGroceryWaste site.

    Chicago, IL

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