WINTER 2018 SMART BUSINESS RECYCLING NEWSLETTER
In the United States, approximately 40% of all food is wasted. Worldwide each year, more than a billion tons of food end up unconsumed. The land required to produce the global food wasted would roughly be the size of China and the pile of food would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the world. On the other hand, 1 out of 8 people in the County of Los Angeles are food insecure. News
Kroger Launches Initiative to Eliminate Food Waste and Hunger By 2025The Sanitation Kroger has created a $10 million innovation fund and recruited key partners to help them eliminate food waste. A crucial partner for Kroger is Feeding America, an organization which has a built-in network of 200 food banks across the country. Kroger's goal is to eliminate hunger and have zero food waste by 2025. To read the complete article click here.U.S. Green Building Council Helps Companies Reach Zero WasteEtsy is among 130 companies that have participated in a certification program called TRUE Zero Waste. Companies become certified by achieving high diversion levels and implementing best practices, such as zero waste purchasing and redesigning their waste systems. Most companies start saving thousands of dollars in the process. To read the complete article click here.
New Smart Bin Aims to Educate Consumers on How to Sort WasteGetting consumers to toss the right items in the correct bins is a key component of reducing what ends up in landfills. Founded in 2015, EvoEco creates smart-building technology solutions and has developed the EvoBin, which is a smart waste bin currently placed in high-traffic venues such as Airports to help educate consumers about how to sort waste. To read the complete article click here.
Covanta Environmental Solutions, Waste to Energy, Making Zero Waste to LandfillCovanta Environmental Solutions turns solid waste into steam and electricity for communities. Annually, 500,000 tons of metal is recovered from ash, which is used as a sediment replacement and aggerate in roadways and construction. To watch the video, click here.China Notifies WTO of Intent to Ban 24 Types of Solid Waste ImportsIn two filings registered with the World Trade Organization in July 2017, China signaled its intent to forbid 24 kinds of solid wastes by the end of 2017. China cited the objectives and rationales of "protection of human health or safety" and "protection of the environment" in filings. To learn more about China filings click here.SWANA to State Agencies: Impact of Chinese Waste Ban on State & Local Recycling ProgramOn behalf of its members, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) sent a letter to State agencies informing them of potential impacts of China's waste ban on State and local recycling efforts and of SWANA'S letter to the World Trade Organization requesting a plan to help the US and Canadian marketplace adjust to China's policy. To read the letter from SWANA to State agencies dated October 11, 2017, click here. To read the SWANA's letter to the World Trade Organization dated August 31, 2017, click here.Municipalities' Interest in Organic Recycling GrowsThere is huge amount of interest in decreasing the amount of food that is wasted and also recycling or repurposing the food scraps that are generated. This interest spans across many sectors and types of organizations, but certainly includes municipalities. In fact, municipalities throughout the U.S. are making significant stride when it comes to organic recycling programs. To read more click here.Laws/OrdinancesLegislature Passes Bills to Cut Food WasteCalifornia state legislature passed two Bills that offer solutions to some of the leading causes of wasted food. Over 5.5 million tons of food is dumped in landfills every year in California, and an alarming amount of that landfilled food is edible at the time it’s thrown out.SB 1383, The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the State agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The State board is required to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions level in 1990 to be achieved by 2020. The State board is also required to complete a comprehensive strategy to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, as defined, by the State. To learn more about SB1383 click here.AB 1219, the California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act authored by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D- Stockton), strengthens and expands a 1977 law that protects food donors from legal liability, in order to encourage food donations. AB 954, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D- San Francisco), promotes the use of uniform phrases for food expiration dates in an effort to reduce an estimated 20% of consumer food waste that comes from the misinterpretation of date labels. This Bill will help narrow the number of confusing phrases used including “best by,” “best before,” “sell by,” “enjoy by”, “expires,” and others.