Save the Food, Save Your Money
In 2016, the National Resources Defense Council partnered with the Ad Council to create the Save the Food campaign. These ads helped raise awareness of the problem of food waste in the United States. Some of the statistics were shocking: Forty percent of food in America is wasted. Twenty percent of the material in U.S. landfills is food. Every year, billions of dollars of resources are wasted. It’s almost overwhelming. But there are things we can do to stop this waste.
Business owners, especially those in the food service and hospitality industries, can reduce food waste and boost their bottom line at the same time. A food waste audit is a good place to start. BizRecycling offers free consultations with recycling experts for East Metro businesses. These experienced experts can help your business identify best practices for cutting down on food waste. In addition to reducing food waste, BizRecycling offers grants to help get an organics recycling program established.
Reducing the amount of food waste your business generates will definitely help your bottom line. However, adding organics recycling can also generate cost savings. A recent Ramsey County business recycling survey revealed that most East Metro businesses are unaware of the hefty 53% Ramsey County Environmental Charge and the 17% State Solid Waste Management Tax on their bill. That adds up to 70%, and that tax is charged on trash collection, disposal, fuel surcharges, and administrative fees. Recycling, including organics recycling, is exempt from this tax. Depending on the amount of organics your business generates, this may add up to significant savings!
Save the Food offers many resources to help individuals reduce food waste. BizRecycling offers many resources to help businesses increase organics and other recycling. Contact us to learn more, or to schedule a free visit from a recycling expert.