Composting Startup Fighting Food Waste

February 27, 2023

More cutting edge reporting from CNBC’s Diana Olick.

Food waste is a massive contributor to heat trapping gases. Composting is being re-imagined to deal with it.

2 Responses to “Composting Startup Fighting Food Waste”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Austin has wheelie-bins for curbside pickup of food scraps and yard trimmings.
    I collect my compost in a paper grocery bag in the freezer and it takes me weeks to collect enough to be worth putting out.

    Austin is fighting to be a progressive, civilized town despite the spiteful Texas legislature that tries to undermine it.

  2. Gingerbaker Says:

    “Food waste is a massive contributor to heat trapping gases”

    “Massive” is hyperbolic. The emissions from all soils and rotting flora detritus all over the world contribute a small amount of GHGs, tiny compared to the burning of fossil fuels. Agricultural waste doesn’t even get listed in accountings of agricultural GHG emissions. And it’s all part of the natural carbon cycle anyway.

    It doesn’t matter to the atmosphere if the rotting matter from food waste rots in a landfill or a compost pile. It is nice to minimize the size of landfills and to maximize the amount of compost, but AFAICT, nobody has looked at the carbon footprint of the entire recycling -> compost chain.

    We do food waste recycling here in Burlington, VT. It’s a messy stinky PITA that we are obligated to pay for, and we don’t even get an allotment of free compost.

    We also have to buy special biodegradable bags and a plastic bucket. The stuff gets picked up weekly by someone driving an ICE automobile, then driven to the composting area where ICE equipment digs up the ground and moves the tonnage around. Frankly, I daresay the whole operation creates more GHGs than just dumping food waste in a landfill or putting the waste down a sink. Not crazy about the whole idea.

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