Ohio Food Scrap Recovery Network
The Ohio Grocers Foundation (OGF) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) have been working together over the past several years to encourage businesses to divert food scraps from landfills by utilizing composting facilities or anaerobic digesters.
The objective of the Ohio Food Scrap Recovery Network is to implement a managed supply chain concept by which food scrap generators (grocery stores, restaurants, schools, hospitals, and other high food scrap generators) can form a network to create route density for cost-effective food scrap recycling.
SE OH Food Scrap Recovery Network Meeting (May 10, 2013) Presentations
Overview of Food Scrap Recovery Network - Mike Long
NW Ohio Food Scrap Recovery Network Meeting (July 17, 2012) Presentations
NE Ohio Food Scrap Recovery Network Meeting (March 20, 2012) Presentations
SW Ohio Food Scrap Recovery Network Meeting (January 27, 2012) Presentations
Purpose of Composting/Diversion
Recycling of organic (biodegradable) materials has the potential to save the retail operation money while conserving valuable natural resources and scarce landfill space. Organic materials (such as fruits, vegetables, bread, meat & cheeses, floral clippings, paper and waxed cardboard) are used to make a valuable soil-like product…compost.
Benefits of Composting/Diversion
Economic Savings – reduce disposal costs and minimize transportation costs Environmental Concerns – diverting organic materials from landfills reduces methane gas and compost replenishes the soil. Builds a Positive Community and Public Relations Image – composting and diversion programs address an increasing public concern for environmental quality.
What Materials are considered Organic and Compostable?
Ohio Grocers Association and Foundation Partners with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
We are so pleased to share the Composting and Diversion Guide. This Guide is the result of 18 months of research on how to best divert organics from the supermarket's waste stream. The purpose of the Guide is to help OGA members to develop and implement an effective food waste collection program. Thanks to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for the grant to make the Guide possible!
If you have any questions, please contact Tonya Woodruff at 614/448-1631 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio Food Scrap Composting Facilities
U.S. EPA Food Recovery Challenge
Save money and reduce your environmental footprint by joining EPA's Food Recovery Challenge through the WasteWise program.
U.S. EPA Food Waste Recovery Hierarchy
The U.S. EPA developed a food waste recovery hierarchy to emphasize how excess food can be put to productive use. The information can be found at www.epa.gov/wastewise/pubs/needy2.pdf
The Hierarchy is:
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