On October 1, 2014 Massachusetts implemented its ban on sending food waste to landfills. For approximately 3,000 restaurants, stores, hotels and food producers in the state who generate over 1 ton of food waste per week – they need to find a better way to recycle their food waste. A food waste disposal system is unavoidable.
To prepare companies for the transition to food waste recycling or proper food waste disposal – the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection hired researchers from Northwestern University to look at several on-site recycling systems. They examined non-biological systems; in-vessel dry composters and biological liquefaction (or wet systems).
The report notes systems that grind food waste and mix it with micro-‐organisms… “accelerate the decomposition process, causing most of the food waste to turn into a liquid effluent.” Some of these food waste grinders include our compact and powerful 1-SHRED and 3-SHRED grinders.
Some of the findings were astounding, including:
- 90% of the 2.8 billion pounds of food waste disposed of annually ends up in landfills or incinerators.
- Food waste represents 25% of the entire waste stream in Massachusetts, the largest category of waste.
- One of the on-site composting systems reduces food waste to 0.1% of its original weight (a reduction of 1000:1).
- Wet systems “digest” the food waste and break it down over 7-14 days. In a backyard compost pile this process takes several months.
Don’t let this regulation catch you non-compliant! Reach out and see what systems we have to offer!