Food Waste Is Given New Value


"Launched in 2011, Love Food Not Waste is a com­mer­cial food waste col­lec­tion pro­gram en­cour­aging 200 par­ti­cip­at­ing loc­a­tions to ap­pro­pri­ately dis­pose of food waste, con­sid­er­ing its full life-cycle and up­stream im­pacts. A part­ner­ship between the City of Eu­gene, local waste haulers, com­mer­cial com­post fa­cil­it­ies, local busi­nesses, and local re­tail­ers, Love Food Not Waste makes waste col­lec­tion ap­peal­ing by of­fer­ing free sup­port ser­vices, mar­ket­ing ma­ter­i­als, and mon­et­ary in­cent­ives. The waste col­lec­ted is turned into com­post and sold as a 100% re­cycled product on the re­tail mar­ket. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds go back to the city out­reach pro­gram, along with a por­tion donated to local non-profits and schools in Eu­gene.

By en­ga­ging stake­hold­ers from the start, the pro­ject has blos­somed into a com­munity mes­saging plat­form about food waste pre­ven­tion, di­ver­sion, re­cov­ery, and res­cue. Since its in­cep­tion, more than 8,000 tons of food waste have been col­lec­ted, and bagged com­post is now sold in more than 80 loc­a­tions in four states, as well as in­cor­por­ated into nu­mer­ous soil amend­ments sold in Eu­gene."

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