Waste has a major impact on the environment, causing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The United States leads the world in the production of waste, followed by other leading industrial nations. The U.S. produces a quarter of the world’s waste, despite the fact that its population of 300 million is less than 5 percent of the world’s population. By 2025, there will be 1.4 billion more people living in cities worldwide, with each person producing an average of 3.1 pounds of municipal solid waste (MSW) per day—more than double the current average of 1.4 pounds per day.
Global warming—and how to mitigate it—is a fast-growing topic of concern, as awareness continues to increase. To meet goals for the reduction of waste being sent to landfills, states across the country are passing new or more stringent laws aimed at reducing the environmental and health impacts of waste, as well as improving the country’s resource efficiency. Progressive states and cities are addressing the need to stop waste food from being sent to landfills by passing regulations. Initially, the regulations apply to only the largest producers of such waste.
Iain Milnes, founder and president of Power Knot, a leading provider of environmentally-sound products that reduce costs and carbon footprint, says, “These laws are a step in the right direction, but the progress towards keeping all waste food that is generated commercially out of landfills is progressing too slowly. We are running out of time to solve the issue of global warming and need to address the key contributors to it now. Waste food rotting on a landfill is one such key contributor in the USA. For businesses needing to be compliant with these new mandates, there is a cost effective solution that can ensure not only the proper disposal of waste, but the reduction of it, long before it even becomes an issue.”
The need to keep waste from landfills — and comply with the new regulations — led Power Knot to develop the LFC (Liquid Food Composter). This machine not only helps an organization to reduce their carbon footprint but it helps them to better understand and manage company resources. LFCs offer a viable option for states across the country looking for innovative and cost effective ways to meet the fast approaching compliance deadlines. LFCs rapidly digest waste food; different sizes are available that can dispose up to 4,000 pounds per day. The LFCs weigh the amount of waste food and send that information to the cloud. This allows management—both local and remote—to monitor how much is being discarded and identify when and where there may be a large quantity of food waste so they can take appropriate actions to reduce it.
Laws differ from state to state, but illustrate an overall commitment to environmental stewardship…
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