Category Archives: Energy

Friday Buffet

At last–a peer-reviewed analysis of trayless dining! Two American University researchers found that removing trays at their all-you-can-eat cafeteria cut food waste by 32%. What’s more, diners use 27% fewer dishes, leading to water and energy savings. — — As we learn here, cutting food waste would go a long way toward making our food […]

December 21, 2012 | Also posted in Anaerobic Digestion, College, Composting, Environment, Stats, Trayless | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

Wait, what?! According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 50% of Europe’s fruit and vegetables are wasted. I’ll have more on this staggering news on Monday. — — Lots of food waste discussion up in Canada. A recent report found that 51% of Canadian food waste comes from homes. I’m not sure I’d classify that as […]

October 5, 2012 | Also posted in Composting, Friday Buffet, Household, International, Stats, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

I’m all for a machine that helps determine avocado ripeness by tapping it and listening to acoustics. Coming soon to a UK supermarket near you… — — Great title: “Food, too, is wasted on the young.” (Think about it for a second.) And the article has some eye-opening stats on Australian food waste. — — Just […]

July 20, 2012 | Also posted in Composting, Friday Buffet, Household, International, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Banning Food Waste in Landfills

Hit the Gas, a recent UK study funded by an anaerobic digestion (AD) industry group, discusses ways to create more energy via that process. One of those ways is to divert food waste from landfills to AD plants. To secure more “feedstock” for AD, the report proposes that the government should “phase out organic waste to […]

July 5, 2012 | Also posted in Anaerobic Digestion | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization continues to tackle waste with the SAVE FOOD initiative. — — The anaerobic digestion hit parade continues, as the California Energy Commission just awarded a $6 million grant to a Sacramento food waste-to-energy facility. That’ll definitely cover their shovel costs. — — The EPA recently recognized several New England […]

June 15, 2012 | Also posted in College, Friday Buffet, Hunger, International | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

In case you haven’t heard of it, the Save Food initiative is doing important work to reduce and raise awareness about food waste. — — One of the less discussed byproducts of reduced food waste–reduced trash hauling costs. A Pennsylvania ShopRite franchisee with 10 stores saved $20,000 in three months by donating edible but unsellable […]

June 8, 2012 | Also posted in Friday Buffet, Household, Supermarket | Comments closed

Waste Awareness Down the Drain?

You know that one about the perfect being the enemy of the good? I’m not sure about the perfect’s relationship with the mediocre, but a recent Philadelphia campaign personifies that word. Last week, the city unveiled a pilot program to install garbage disposals in 200 homes to reduce food waste going to landfills. Now–there’s some […]

May 30, 2012 | Also posted in Composting, Waste Stream | Comments closed

AntarctiCan You Believe How Far They Ship Waste?

What’s Antarctican food waste doing in Spokane? Why, it’s being burned, of course. Apparently, life on Antarctica is like camping–pack it in, pack it out. Not being able to dig a hole (to build a landfill) and having to follow the Arctic Treaty, Antarctic researchers have to send all of their refuse elsewhere. Most everything […]

May 14, 2012 | Also posted in Composting, Environment, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Bay State Bombshell

In case you missed the big news, Massachusetts is set to ban commercial food waste from landfills by 2014. I included it in Friday’s post, but it deserves its own space. The new regulations would herald a major change–a few cities have similar rules on the books, but no state does. The ruling would prompt […]

May 7, 2012 | Also posted in Composting, Environment, Restaurant, Waste Stream | Comments closed

Friday Buffet

The Wormdorf Astoria is now taking reservations. A Boca Raton man has created compact vermiculture method and named it creatively. — — Zéro Gâchis? My French is a little rusty, but I think it translates to ‘cool app.’ — — Some big names are investing in food waste-to-energy companies. — — This just in from ConAgra, […]

April 13, 2012 | Also posted in Friday Buffet, International, Vermiculture | Comments closed