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15th Annual America Recycles Day – Nov. 15, 2012

2012 December 19
By Presidential Proclamation, November 15 was America Recycles Day. This year, the focus was on wasted food. Food is now the single largest type of waste going to municipal landfills – over 33 million tons of food ends up in landfills each year. Learn more about EPA’s efforts to reduce wasted food and conserve resources.
Can you share any tips you use at home or at work to reduce the amount of food going to waste? What other ways will you incorporate Reduce, Reuse, Recycle into your daily routines?

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  1. John Schweizer permalink
    January 10, 2013

    The city of Berkeley (where I live) collects food waste for composting. Berkeley diverts more than 300 tons away from the landfill with this program. Food waste is collected from residences along with garden trimmings in the green carts supplied by the City. Berkeley residential customers can recycle food scraps including egg shells, bones and dairy waste, paper contaminated with food, and other items that were previously not permitted with garden cuttings. Besides food waste of all kinds, businesses can recycle flowers, paper napkins and wrappings, waxed cardboard, and unpainted wood scraps such as shipping crates (nails are ok). The City supplies carts or bins for businesses and can collect organics up to six days/week. Commercial participants receive a discount of 20% off the current refuse rate for the food waste portion of their service and find it an effective program for meeting Green Business certification program criteria. Businesses of all kinds and sizes are participating, including restaurants, markets and supermarkets, bakeries, florists, coffee shops and food producers.

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