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How to Compost a Halloween Pumpkin

jack o'lanterns

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It might be a stretch to think of pumpkins as food once they’re carved and lit and spooky. But just as many resources went into growing your toothy jack o’ lantern as did your lunch—and it will produce just as much planet-wrecking methane as it rots. If you don’t want to be haunted by thoughts of your orange orbs contributing to the 40% of food we waste in this country, there are alternatives.

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Behind the Scenes at a Zero-Waste Event

Volunteers from the Texas State chapter of Net Impact

Volunteers from the Texas State chapter of Net Impact; l to r: Meredith Solomon, Hannah Ballou, bat, and Melissa Gonzalez

Earlier this month, as the official Food & Waste Education Partner for the SXSW Eco 2013 conference in Austin, Sustainable America worked to capture and compost food waste from the third-annual event. Well, the numbers are in, and the conference was successful in diverting almost all of its waste—an impressive 97%!—to recycling and composting facilities instead of landfills.

Here’s a look at what goes into corralling a bunch of sandwich crusts and compostable forks into the proper places so it can be recycled into compost rather than go to waste in a landfill.

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Making a Green Fest Even Greener

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Sustainable America is helping the Live Green Connecticut! event compost all food waste this weekend

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Food Waste For Fresh Produce

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Hello Compost launches a program to help low-income New York City residents trade in their food waste for locally grown fresh produce.

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Music, Summertime and Food Waste

Sustainable America food waste alive at 5

Photos: Tebben Lopez

Public events like conferences, concerts and festivals present a great opportunity to make a dent in the 40% of food wasted in the United States. With that in mind, we’ve partnered with the Alive @ Five concert series in Stamford, Conn., this summer to help divert the event’s food waste to be composted rather than where it usually goes: the landfill.

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Total Reuse: One Bin for All

The city of Houston has won a prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies to make their “One Bin for All” plan a reality. With the country’s first total resource recovery facility in place, the city plans to find productive uses for discarded food and other recyclables.

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The Future Looks Bright for Compost Pioneers

With commercial composting starting to take off, innovative businesses are harnessing the profit potential of turning everyday organic waste into compost for sale – savings tons of food from the landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Sustainable America’s Resolutions

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The Sustainable America staff offers our food and fuel resolutions for 2013!

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Bokashi

Most compost systems can’t take meat and dairy. Bokashi can take it all! And with an airtight bin, it’s perfect for apartments or indoor composting. No smell and no pests…

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How To Compost In Your Apartment

How to Compost in Your Apartment

As part of our series on composting, we offer this handy illustrated guide to composting in your apartment. If you have been thinking you might be interested in taking the plunge into composting, read on and have fun! Our guide gives you all of the tools you need to get started. Composting can be a rewarding experience in efficiency and self-reliance. Waste not, want not!

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By the Numbers

Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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