Feed People Not Landfills


[music] Narrator: Wasted food is the largest component
of trash in the United States. Only a small percentage of this material is sent to incinerators
while the majority of it goes into our landfills. Once in landfills, the food waste decays into
methane, a greenhouse gas that’s more harmful than carbon dioxide – creating a serious
impact by contributing to climate change. Across the country, the United States Environmental
Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge works with businesses, educational institutions,
and other organizations to keep food waste out of landfills and use edible food before
it spoils. About 15 percent of American households do
not know where their next meal will come from, so making donations to food banks is one of
the best uses for this excess food. Since the goal of the challenge is to avoid sending
surplus food into landfills many Food Recovery Challenge participants, like grocery stores,
have had great success through their food donation programs. David Capone, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank:
Organizations that are helping out like Giant, Weiss, and Big Lots…a lot of these places…Giant’s
doing a great thing with delivering meat to us…it’s a huge thing they do…we get
like ten skids every week from them. Big Lots is a big donation, they’re dropping almost
a tractor trailer a week on us. It’s great, a lot of these companies are starting to step
up in a big way and really help donate a lot of different food to us. Jeff Brown/Brown’s Super Stores, Inc.: Over
the last two years, we had about a 17 percent reduction of trash and another 13 percent
this year, so the savings for our company is like $60,000 a year over the two years.
Our trash to landfills is down over 50 percent over the last two years, and you know, the
cost of a ton of trash…that’s continued to rise, so that has saved us quite a bit
of money. So, it’s a moneymaker. Suzanne Forbes/Wakefern Corp.:This program
was perfect because it married food gleaning and food donation with also our waste reduction
goals and efforts – so it fit beautifully with our sustainability platform which to
us is people, planet – primarily – and then profit. Narrator: Join hundreds of other organizations
in EPA’s food recovery challenge. Take action to help your community, plus have your food
recovery efforts measured and recognized. It’s easy, and working with a food bank
will ensure your donations are handled efficiently and safely. And when you donate food in good
faith, you are protected from liability under the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan act. Even
so, check your local laws about food donation because they do vary from place to place.
The food recovery challenge — socially responsible, environmentally friendly, and economically
beneficial. [music]

Comments 4

  • Thanks for posting this video; I hope it will increase awareness of this important issue.  It would be great if EPA could invest more in promoting composting programs and shift away from active promotion of Landfill Methane capture ( http://www.epa.gov/lmop/ ).  Let's focus on getting food and other organics out of landfills altogether so there is no methane to capture.  There is so much leakage of methane before the cells are capped and throughout the lifetime of the landfill! Thanks.

  • If methane is polluting the earth, why not extract energy from methane by constructing a dome to harness the energy. I heard of this technology. 🙂 I love the movement 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing this.

  • Can EPA make a video on why it supports Syngenta, Monsanto and Bayer as they poison life?

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