Every 10 tons of food waste diverted by Food FWD saves the same amount of greenhouse gases as 135 trees growing for 10 years or in scientific jargon approximately 5.275 MTCO2e (million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent)!
Recycling food waste through Food FWD reduces the impact on the environment and greenhouse gas emissions in several ways:
- Reduces transportation related emissions equivalent to three trees growing for 10 years by transporting the food waste 30 miles to composting facilities in North Carolina rather than trucking it to a landfill 90 miles away in Virginia (.107 MTCO2e)
- Reduces transportation related emissions by using B100 Biodiesel collection vehicles – every 100 gallons of B100 Biodiesel we consume saves greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 18 trees growing for 10 years (.768 kg MCO2e)
- Captures the greenhouse gasses emitted by decomposing food composted rather than landfilled equivalent to 11 trees growing for 10 years (.44 MTCO2e) for every ton of food waste
- Restores natural minerals and nutrients to eroding top soil through compost that help retain water and plants grow, reducing the need for additional fertilizers and irrigation
We are not alone in our efforts to help reduce the impact of Food Waste in North Carolina. Together these programs only help North Carolina divert 5.1% of its 1.2 million tons of food waste, leaving 95% of the market un-served or underserved.[i]
[i] North Carolina 2012 Food Waste Generation Study; August 2012; North Carolina Solid Waste and Materials Management Annual Report FY 2010-2011