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Did You Know?
Rotting food in landfills releases methane, a more potent greenhouse gas than CO2.
Composting reduces methane gas (a greenhouse gas) production by keeping food waste out of the landfill.
Food waste is the third-largest component of generated waste by weight but because of its low composting rate, food waste is the largest component of discarded waste by weight.
Composting reduces the need for more landfill space.
Disposing of food waste costs the U.S. $1 billion/year.
Composting transforms food waste into a rich soil amendment to help farmers and gardeners grow healthy food.
Methane gas is 20 times more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide (CO2).
Methane traps 23 times as much heat in the atmosphere as the same amount of CO2.
Methane migrates underground and will collect where it can – in pockets under the earth, in nearby buildings. Methane combusts easily, causing explosions.
Landfills account for 34% of all methane emissions in the U.S.
According to the USDA, over a quarter of the country’s food ends up in a landfill every year. But according to a study conducted by the University of Arizona, that figure could be closer to 50% when you include the food waste from supermarkets, restaurants, and convenience stores, as well as from individuals.
The University of Arizona believes that if Americans cut their food waste in half, it would reduce the country’s environmental impact by 25%.
The UK’s Waste & Resources Action Program (WRAP) believes that if we stopped throwing out edible food, the impact it would have on CO2 emissions would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road.