New Food Waste Directory & Resources

Pretreatment Directory

The Composting Collaborative’s Pretreatment Directory is a partial listing of systems currently available in the market that have the potential to scale the amount of unavoidable food waste that can be put to more beneficial uses. Read more about the opportunities and challenges of pretreatment systems.

State Food Waste Recycling Data Collection, Reporting Analysis

BioCycle led the Composting Collaborative’s initiative to better quantify full-scale food waste composting infrastructure in the U.S. BioCycle defines a full-scale facility as a municipal or commercial facility equipped to receive and process organic waste streams arriving by truckload volumes from generators and haulers on a year-round basis.

Data was gathered via a questionnaire sent to 300 full-scale composting facilities in the U.S. that were in BioCycle’s various databases. Ultimately, 103 facilities responded with details about their operations, which are discussed in the report. Additionally, BioCycle was able to confirm another 82 full-scale food waste composting facilities; these facilities did not supply operating details. In total, the survey identified 185 full-scale composting facilities in the U.S.

Quantifying Existing Food Waste Composting Infrastructure in the U.S.

BioCycle led the Composting Collaborative’s initiative to analyze state food waste recycling reporting and data collection methods and tools. BioCycle focused on states that reported a tonnage of food waste recycled via anaerobic digestion and composting for BioCycle’s “State of Organics Recycling In The U.S.” report (BioCycle 2017). States were asked specific questions about the factors underlying the food waste recycled tonnages reported. They also were asked more general questions about recommendations to U.S. EPA about food waste measurement and reporting.

Tables in the Report provide states’ responses to these questions; comments received from state officials are included in the text. Developing a national standardized data reporting tool for organics recycling, and more specifically edible food and food waste, were raised by a number of officials. However, most noted that the reality of state-by-state differences in what food waste data is required or not required to be reported, makes that challenging at this point in time. What is realistic — and definitely cited by states as a need — are standardized conversion factors for food waste and edible food.

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