Challenge 6: Reduce Food Waste
Organic waste, of which 15% is food waste, is the largest single contributing source to landfills. Food waste transported to landfills decomposes, releasing potent greenhouse gasses, especially methane, that contributes to climate change.
- According to a recent study, food waste has increased by 50% since 1974.
- Forty percent of the food produced in the United States ends up in a landfill or is left to rot in the field.
- More than 365 million pounds of food is wasted every single day, enough to fill an entire football stadium.
- On a micro level, Americans are throwing out 15-25% of the food they purchase, which over time equates to 400 pounds of wasted food per person, per year, with an estimated cost of more than $200 billion.
To combat food waste on a local level, WasteRightSac helps businesses meet state mandates for diverting recyclables, food waste, and green waste from landfill disposal and reduce greenhouse gasses, but there’s more work to be done!
Do you have an idea that can reduce food waste? Join Startup Weekend Sacramento: Sustainable Revolution to turn that idea into a business plan.