Not only do food scraps and organic wastes have large economic impacts in terms of disposal costs, they also have immediate environmental impacts. When food is disposed in the landfill it quickly rots and becomes a significant source of methane — a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Consequently, landfills account for more than 20 percent of all methane emissions.
Recovering and recycling food waste diverts organic materials from landfills thus reducing these emissions. The use of recycled food waste as compost improves soil health and structure; increases drought resistance; and reduces the need for supplemental water, fertilizers, and pesticides.
Additionally, composting food scraps and organic waste improves sanitation, public safety, and health. Food waste dumped in standard trash cans and dumpsters can attract rodents and insects, as well as generate bad odors. Placing food scraps and organic waste in a closed, leak proof, durable, and reusable container, and having Food Recycling Solutions pick it up three times weekly for composting can significantly reduce, and even eliminate these problems.