About 55 percent of the Twin Cities metro region's waste comes from businesses. That's 1.9 million tons of waste every year. And, nearly 11 percent of that waste consists of food and food-soiled paper.
Rather than throwing food in the garbage, consider these options.
Food recovery lets you donate any fresh or prepared food that is still fit for human consumption, including:
Unserved food items
• Produce, dairy and deli items
• Unused food from catered events
• Day-old and other baked goods
A list of companies that offer food recovery services in the Twin Cities metro area can be found at RethinkRecycling.com.
Food and Food-Soiled Paper Composting
All food scraps can be composted, including vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish, bones, rice, beans, pasta, bakery items, cheese, coffee grounds, eggshells, and more.
All food-soiled paper can be composted, too.
• Paper cups and plates
• Paper towels, placemats and napkins
• Milk and juice cartons
• Parchment Paper
• Paper bags
• Pizza boxes and other food containers
• Waxed cardboard boxes
RethinkRecycling.com offers a list of companies that offer food and food-soiled paper composting services in the Twin Cities metro area.
If you're in a business with a small amount of food waste, perhaps you want to check out backyard composting. See our recipe for good, clean dirt.
There are differences in what can be included in backyard and off-site composting. Details are on our website or available from companies that offer composting services, also found on our website.
In food-to-livestock programs, scraps are collected by local farms, processed to eliminate harmful bacteria, and fed to livestock. Another food-to-animals option collects and processes food by-products and bakery goods to produce livestock feed products.
Food-to-animal food waste recyclers accept most food scraps including:
• Unserved and uneaten food items
• Food prep waste
• Plate waste
• Unpackaged spoiled or outdated food
• Unpackaged frozen food
Note: Some food-to-animals programs cannot accept meat.
RethinkRecycling.com has a list of companies that offer food-to-animals food waste recycling services in the Twin Cities metro area.
Visit RethinkRecycling.com/businesses to learn more about going green at work.
Then we encourage you to take the pledge to start or improve recycling at your workplace or business. Be a champion, take the pledge, and join the Recycling Revolution today!