Food Waste Reduction and Recovery - Landfill

Contact: Aaron Hiday,, 517-282-7546



EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy

Each year in the US, 52 million tons of food is sent to landfills, and an additional 10 million tons remains unharvested on farms, totaling about 63 million tons of waste annually. Food in the landfill creates methane gas which is 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Keeping food out of the landfill protects the environment.

Landfilling food waste also costs you all of the potential benefits in the hierarchy like the ability to feed people, animals, and create a useful product through composting.

To learn more about the composition of Michigan's waste and the value of food recovery and recycle, see the the Michigan Recycling Economic Impact & Recycled Commodities Market Assessment  commissioned by EGLE.

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