Skip to comments.Looks like an onion skin, but it could be electricity(new environmentalist regulations)
Posted on 04/30/2012 6:16:44 PM PDT by matt04
Sergio Squatrito knows all about food waste. At Carla's Pasta, his family's company in South Windsor, in addition to an array of easy-to-prepare pasta and other Italian specialties, the company produces 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of food waste a day.
"We've tried four different ways of getting rid of our food scraps and all of them have failed," said Squatrito, who is vice president of operations. "I have nothing against the waste companies handling our trash, but there's got to be a different mousetrap."
That's pretty much Connecticut's thinking, too.
Faced with statewide data that showed food waste is, by far, the largest component of waste material that could be composted but instead is dumped in the trash, last year the legislature at the behest of the Department of Energy and Protection took bold action to change that.
It was a mere half-dozen paragraph piece of legislation, but it did something unheard of in this nation: It forced major commercial food producers -- like Carla's -- to recycle their food scraps. That means at the very least, turn them into compost, though what the state would really like is to turn them into energy.
But the mandatory food waste recycling doesnt kick in until the facilities for it are built. And thats what many hail as the laws genius. Instead of just mandating recycling, it stipulates that within six months of food waste recycling facilities actually being up and running, grocery stores, food processors, wholesalers and distributors within 20 miles of them would have to begin separating their food scraps and taking them there. That of course guarantees that whoever builds a food waste recycling facility will have the product to support it.
(Excerpt) Read more at ctmirror.org ...
Of course the increased cost of paying grocery store employees to sort thru rotting food and trash will be passed on to consumers. Or much more likely, stores will spend money on facilitates to sort it but no(smart) employee will ever do it.
I think I there's a egg farmer in NC that also raises alligators. The gators take care of the deceased poultry, and when they are big enough, the alligators are butchered for meat and high quality hides.
Many farmers and gardeners also rely on this food waste. Is it required to go to one of these new recycling centers or can they continue with what they are doing?
I was thinking the same thing. Somebody with a ton of food waste per day, really needs a business relationship with a hog farm. Turn the waste stream into a profit.
It’s another Bottle Bill - these manufacturers and retailers now need to hire more people plus the facilities costs to push all this stuff around - in the end the consumer pays for it.
There was a time when food waste was sold to hog farmers. It had to be reheated before being fed. So, what has happened?
I think the best solution to this might be with accelerated decomposition.
A lot of gardeners use compost heaps for vegetable waste, but someone figured out that if you put it into a drum that was rotated a few times a day, it decomposed much faster into better quality compost. Others added bacteria specifically to speed up the process.
Eventually one inventor came up with a machine that would first mechanically pulverize, then decompose, then turn it into a thin, almost odorless liquid nutrient slurry that not only made a good fertilizer, but could be chemically modified for pH and adjusted for a given type of plant to be fertilized, based on both the soil and its needs.
The problem associated with this is the waste gases that are produced. But these waste gases can be consumed by other microorganisms, such as algae, to produce far more stable, and even useful substances, like (granted inedible) vegetable oil.
Oh, goody. A forced market.
Why can’t they just reprocess the food scraps and try to sell them? FDA has just given approval for at least one company to reprocess recalled food and sell it as good food. Just do the same with scraps. Easy-peasy!
(Did I really need the sarc tag? #FDAsucks)
Gill’s Onions uses onion waste for biofuel to power its facilities. Entirely private initiative by an innovative capitalist.
Let Rats and other vermin eat the waste.
Harvest the Rats. I hear they actually taste pretty good.
Add a few cockroaches instead of lettuce and you get a nice crunchy meal.
Someone needs to build a facility in downtown Washington, D.C. They could make a killing just on the waste that comes out of the WH.
Just wait till they discover the potential for recycling discarded human bodies.
These high toned Connecticut idiots need to allow some pig farms in their area. Hogs will eat all those gourmet scraps just truck them over
Lots of hog farmers do have food scrap pick up arrangements with restaurants, supermarkets etc. But how many hog farmers are there in Connecticut? They eat pork but refuse to raise it because they look down their snoots at hog operations
When I was in the Service back in the Sixties one of the KPs would be outside making sure the trash was separated from what was called “edible garbage”. This “edible garbage” was picked up by hog farmers. Many of us Soldiers thought it was edible garbage while still on the serving line.
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