Recycling & Composting of Organics & Food Waste
Composting is a process that turns organic material, such as food waste and leaf & yard waste into products that enrich soil, imrpoves soil structure and increases its moisture and nutrient retention. By diverting these materials from disposal facilities, we reduce our dependance on landfills, incinerators and conserve natural resources.
The Department of Enviromental protection (DEP) estimates that organics/food waste accounts for at least 10% off all municipal solid waste generated in Massachusetts or nearly 900,000 tons per year. Major sources consist of leftover food from (generators) restaurants, schools, hospitals, grocery stores and food/beverage processing plants etc. A-Plus Waste & Recycling (APWR) is in the process of working with Mass DEP so that their facility can become a part of the Recycling Works program. Once APWR has completed all the necessary steps to become a part of the Recycling Works program in Massachusetts, they will be able to begin working with generators to take in organics/food waste. APWR will use the organics/food waste to further enhance they already amazing compost. This is just another way that APWR can become a part of the solution to the ever growing process to make the world a greener place !
MASS DEP set a goal to reduce municipal solid waste by 70%, reducing food waste disposal is one of the significant strategies to achieving this goal. A analysis conducted for DEP indicated that in order to meet the 70% target, 300,000 tons of food waste would need to be diverted to composting or reduced at the source.
Across Massachusetts there are currently 30 organic/food waste composting operations with a combined permitted capacity of nearly 150,000 tons per year. DEP estimates that only 5% of all food waste generated in Massachusetts is being diverted to composting facilities.