By the time your food waste gets to the landfill, it’s already begun to decompose as the microbes all around us begin to eat away at it. This process releases carbon dioxide and methane, both greenhouse gases. Inside the landfill, the process continues and the gas eventually escapes from the landfill.
In the United States, most of the food waste we produce is sent to landfills. This is more than just the uneaten food you scrape off your plate at home, or the spoiling produce you forgot about in the fridge. Huge amounts of food are thrown away at restaurants, grocery stores, and institutions every day. Why do we still do this? Why is it O.K. to entomb this stuff in the ground together with all the other things we throw away that don’t readily degrade, many of which we know will not degrade for thousands of years? Food waste is readily degraded, but when it happens in a landfill mixed with all this other stuff, it causes some problems.
By the time your food waste gets to the landfill, it’s already begun to decompose as the microbes all around us begin to eat away at it. This process releases carbon…
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