Turning Food Waste into Renewable Energy
Grocery stores, restaurants, sports arenas, schools, and hospitals in the United States generate an average of two tons – 4,000 pounds – of food waste per week. An estimated 35 million tons of food waste from commercial and residential sources end up in U.S. landfills each year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Operators of commercial kitchens and other waste generators are increasingly looking for more environmentally sound ways to manage food waste than sending it to a landfill. Trucking food waste to distant landfills is costly, and decomposing organic waste in landfills can cause a host of environmental problems. Some U.S. states already have legislation in place that encourages the reduction of food waste sent to landfills and will effectively ban food waste from landfills over the next 10 years.
Emerson’s InSinkErator business – manufacturer of the world’s leading brand of food waste disposers – is working to find ways to better manage food waste. That’s why InSinkErator has developed Grind2Energy™, a revolutionary organics recycling system designed for the unique needs of commercial kitchens, institutions and other waste generators.