Food Industry Sent 4.1bn Pounds of Waste to Landfills, Study Says

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers threw away 4.1 billion pounds of food waste in 2011, according to an assessment of data collected from the industry.

The Food Waste Reduction Alliance, Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Restaurant Association conducted the study to provide a comprehensive assessment of the industry and to identify barriers to recycling food waste. The organizations ultimately want to reduce the volume of food waste sent to landfills.

The analysis of US food waste found each sector within the industry manages to divert some from the landfill.

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