“The hardest part for many restaurants may just be getting the workers to become aware of how much edible food they waste every day. A few years ago, when Moyer was managing a big chain restaurant, he wanted to show his cooks there were plenty of opportunities to reduce waste. So he took away the garbage can.”
“About 126,497 tons of Austin’s trash ended up in a landfill last year. Austin Resource Recovery estimates that 20 percent to 30 percent of that trash could have been composted, including food scraps and yard trimmings. When food ends up in landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it quickly rots and becomes a significant source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
“The sheer waste is bad enough, a mindless squandering of calories, nutrition, energy and water. But that uneaten food also rots in landfills, generating as much as a quarter of this country’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. This trend is relatively new. Americans waste half again as much food as we did in the 1970s.
Sorry folks..this is the wrong argument regarding banning plastic bags. The challenge is waste management, not litter. And efficiently managing waste on a city scale will create a helluva lot more jobs than producing plastic bags.
“But it is likely to reduce something else: jobs.”