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NYC PONDERS A PLAN TO MAKE POWER FROM PUPPY POOP – New York boasts over 600,000 hounds—one for every 14 people—generating over 100,000 tons of excrement a year. Most is dutifully tossed into rubbish bins and hauled to landfills, at a cost of over $100 per ton. This is a missed opportunity, says Ron Gonen, the city’s former recycling tsar. Now in the private sector, he is trying to launch “Sparky Power”, a program to transform dog waste into clean energy in the city’s dog parks. Get the details here.
RESTAURANT LEADERS SAY COMPOST MANDATE SMELLS OKAY FOR NOW – New York City will hold a public hearing Oct. 5 on its proposal to require certain businesses to collect food waste. The rule, which was announced in July and published in the City Record last month, would require composting by stadiums and arenas with at least 15,000 seats, hotels with at least 150 rooms and food manufacturers and wholesalers with at least 25,000 and 20,000 square feet, respectively. Continue reading here.
STATES CRACK DOWN ON FOOD WASTE – Food for Free is one of the few organizations in Boston seeking to solve two of America’s major problems at once — food waste and hunger. They save enough food from the landfill to provide meals to over 25,000 people in the Greater Boston area, some of whom might get just one meal through the organization’s efforts, and some of whom rely on it daily. Read more about their efforts.
VIDEO: HOW FOOD WASTE IS KILLING OUR PLANET – “Food waste generates 3.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually, and that makes food wastage the third top emitter after USA and China.”
In this World Economic Forum IdeasLab video, captured during the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2015, Professor Laura Nyström from ETH Zurich, talks about the global damaging effects of food waste. Watch the video here.
HOW SMARTPHONES CAN HELP FIGHT GLOBAL FOOD WASTE – A new app called foodee promises to help users by identifing whether food will soon expire and needs to be cooked, and if it can also be used in a handy recipe with other fridge-dwelling items. In addition, it also provides helpful recipes to maximize sustainability. Find out more about how to get the most out of our fruits and veggies before we toss them into the bin here.
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