Food Waste Management
Making a Difference
In 2014, Soilutions recycled 3442 tons of food waste through the composting process. By diverting that from the landfill, we prevented 2979 metric tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent from entering the atmosphere, whose equivalent is illustrated below. What’s more, by returning that carbon to our soils, through compost, we support the plant life and soil microbiology that sequesters carbon, holds and cleans water, and feeds our communities.
This image is generated by using the EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM) and Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.
Help Us Change the Story
Food represents 14.5% of the waste stream in America. That’s about 20 pounds of food per month per person that is wasted. Meanwhile, here in New Mexico, nearly 40,000 seek food assistance every week. When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane – a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Landfills consume land and cost taxpayers millions to build and maintain. What’s more, they have to be monitored for eternity. Meanwhile our desert soils are hungry for that nutrient-rich organic material wasting away in the landfill!
Soilutions provides members of the food service industry with the tools to divert food from their waste stream. We pick up food waste and deliver it to the Soilutions Compost Facility, where we turn it into our compost products. Soilutions’ compost products go back to our local farmers and gardeners to help them feed our community, and completing the food cycle.
See which local businesses have already joined us in changing the story.