SMART BUSINESS RECYCLING NEWSLETTER 4th QUARTER
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 Los Angeles County are food insecure.
The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County have selected Bulk Handling Systems
The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County have selected Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) to design, manufacture and install a new materials recovery system at the districts’ Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility. This BHS system will process both commercial and residential streams and increase the district processing capacity to 600 tons per day (tpd). To learn more about the Sanitation District and BHS click here.
School lunches: How to pack an eco-lunchbox for your kid - From Bumkin to vegan backpacks, how to be eco- friendly
As environmental awareness grows and more schools pursue zero waste goals, kiss those brown paper sacks and Ziploc bags goodbye. If you’re short on time, and want to give the old lunchbox an eco-makeover click here.
Recycling may be mandatory but it doesn’t have to be difficult
Mandatory recycling requirements for multifamily properties are not new. Existing recycling laws apply to renters and help divert waste from landfills in addition to reducing overall costs at a property. The Renter’s Right to Recycle Act was signed into law in 2011 and requires paper, plastic, can and bottle recycling at multifamily properties. As the new requirements take effect, renters should get in the habit of following a few more steps in their recycling process. To learn more about recycling at multifamily dwellings click here.
CSU ‘Zero Waste Team’ involvement should inspire others to act
Colorado State Football lovers may have noticed something a bit different at the new CSU stadium. People hanging around the trash cans, wearing orange vests and engaging with everyone who came their way. They are the CSU Zero Waste Team! The Zero Waste Team is a community action group whose mission is to provide outreach and public education on waste diversion and management to divert compostable waste from landfills and ensure a cleaner waste stream. To learn more about the Zero Waste Team and their effort click here.
A Tech Tool Shows Generators the Value of Wasted Food as They Toss it into the Bin
Winnow, A London-based company, has developed technology using a smart scale and tablets for commercial kitchens to track the value of what is tossed in the bins. As employees toss food, an electronic scale records the weights and stores information on cloud-based software, which can be analyzed to help drive improvements in production processes to cut food waste. To learn more about this technology click here.
Legislature Passes Bills to Cut Food Waste
California 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 actually edible at the time it’s thrown out.
AB 1219, the California Good Samaritan Food Donation Act authored by Assembly member 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 Assembly member David Chiu (D- San Francisco), promotes the use of uniform phrases for food expiration dates in an effort to reduce the 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).