Source Separation and Collection of Food Waste

Publish Date: 2006

The purpose of this research memorandum is to provide solid waste recycling managers with up to date technical and programmatic information regarding the source separation and collection of food waste from multifamily dwelling units for subsequent processing in composting facilities.

The high waste diversion goals mandated or recommended in many U.S. states or Canadian provinces have prompted recycling managers to consider the diversion of food wastes, as well as other organic waste stream components, through the implementation of food waste collection and composting programs.

The SWANA Applied Research Foundation’s (ARF) Recycling Group decided to target this topic for investigation during Fiscal 2006 (September 2005 through August 2006). This report presents the results of background research conducted for this project with input and guidance provided by the ARF Recycling Group Subscribers.

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