Nine additional colleges have joined the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge (FRC), a national initiative aimed at encouraging businesses, organizations and institutions to prevent food waste.
The nine new members are Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Mo.; Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Mo.; Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.; St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.; Truman State University, Kirksville, Mo.; University of Iowa-Iowa City; and Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
The schools join some 713 participants including Whole Foods, MGM Resorts and the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team that have already committed to at least a 5 percent increase in at least one of the three food diversion categories: prevention, donation or composting. Or alternatively, FRC members can commit to a combined 5 percent increase across all three food waste diversion categories.
Food makes up 21 percent of Americans’ trash, according to the EPA.
FRC members help recycle food waste and keep it out of landfills. Landfills are one of the largest contributors of methane gas, which affects climate change, including warmer temperatures, stronger storms and more droughts.