Massachusetts Takes a Different Approach to Manage Food Waste

Increasing pollution has become a common problem for us today. It is more than just problem that you can shove under the rugs and forget about it; our environment is at stake because of this growing menace. Especially in the first world countries, where industrialization is in its full form, the threat seems to be more apparent. That is why countries like United States, Australia and so on are putting serious efforts into managing the waste products that are created both in commercial factories and in homes.

Recycling containers and papers, to be specific, has become quite popular in the United States. It is a mainstream practice that can be observed all over the country. However, despite the vast popularity of recycling, these types of waste matters have started to be used for producing renewable energy. In states like Massachusetts and California, wind and solar power are two of the major sources energy. But since last month, Massachusetts has taken the initiative to produce energy from food waste. Now institutions and businesses are required to use all kinds of food waste matters for producing energy.

159405236SP002_NEW_STUDY_SHAs per recent laws that have been sanctioned by Massachusetts government, any organization that throws away more than one ton of food waste every month, the additional amount of waste will not be accepted for landfills. Many would think that a ton of food waste is a lot, and there cannot possibly be any more of that produced in a month! To make regular folks get a better idea of how such large amounts of food waste is created, Chef Mick Corduff from the Log Cabin explained “In many parking lots and pizzerias and all that, around the place you’ll often see a dumpster on the site of the building, usually one of those dumpsters holds about two-and-a-half to three tons.”

There are about 1700 businesses in Massachusetts including hospitals, colleges, and restaurants. Collectively a large amount of food is created by these establishments. That is why, according to the new government rule, all of these organizations and institutions have to participate in producing energy from food waste matters. It may not be an easy endeavor for these organizations to suddenly make this new practice a habit. But for now, these regulations need to be followed by every institution and organization regardless of whether they are a part of the food industry or not.


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