In an effort to reduce sending waste to landfills, the city of Orlando is now offering three drop-off locations for people to leave their food waste with the city. The city will take the food to Harvest Power in south Orange County, where it is sent to an anaerobic digester and converted into electricity for homes and businesses. The move will also reduce the amount of money it costs to take the food waste to the landfill.
“We want to keep food waste out of the landfills. It’s a sustainability priority to keep landfill growth down, to reduce the waste that we are sending,” said LeAnn Siefferman, sustainability project coordinator for the city of Orlando.
Siefferman says Americans waste enough food every day to fill the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The city is the first in the southeast U.S. to offer food drop-off locations.