The United States consumes gross amounts of food every year. And the United States wastes even more disgusting amounts of food every year.
The United States is a much more wasteful country than any other country in the world.
Every day the average person in the United States generates 4.5 pounds of trash. That is every day not every year. 4.5 pounds of trash every day for each individual person results in disposing of at least 1.5 tons of solid waste every single year.
Do the math when you think about how many people there are in every single city and town, in every single state in the United States.
The sad fact is that even though the Environmental Protection Agency guesses that at least 75 percent of this waste is recyclable, but only a very small portion of it is attempted to recycle. Americans only attempt to recycle 30 percent of the 75 percent of the 1.5 tons of solid waste per year that is recyclable.
Mass amounts of this solid waste are food. For example, people in the United States generate 21.5 million tons of food waste every single year.
Never mind wasting less but if this food is composted instead of sending this huge amount of waste to landfills, greenhouse emissions can be reduced greatly.
In fact, if the food waste is composted instead of sending to landfills, it would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking two million cars off the road.
Those are huge numbers that can be reduced if it is just composted. Never mind too much food is wasted; too much food is made, too much food is ordered at restaurants food and groceries are not conserved.
There are some composting companies in certain cities around the country that process mass quantities of food waste every day. Some of these composting companies actually are able to process nearly 350 to 400 tons of food waste and including some yard waste every day. This waste is then composted and recycled into nutrient rich soil materials that are then used for landscaping and even some agricultural activities.
Individuals have absolutely no excuse to not start composting their solid food waste today. Businesses can start composting their leftover food waste as well. In fact, there are food diversion programs some businesses are implementing across the United States that are recovering up to 50 to 75 percent of their food discards.