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    Animal Feed

    Diversion Potential:
    49K Tons

    Economic Value Per Ton:
    $-52

    GHGs Reduced:
    34K Tons

    Jobs Created:
    0 Jobs

    Definition

    Feeding food waste to animals after it is heat treated and dehydrated and either mixed with dry feed or directly fed

    Challenges

    • Hog and cattle farmers can substitute treated food waste for commercial feeds to reduce costs.
    • The vast majority of waste appropriate for use in animal feed is already being used.
    • Expensive dewatering and treatment equipment is needed at a transfer station to process mixed food scraps into something appropriate for animals, according to our interview with a national food waste logistics company.
    • Finding locations with proximity to large generators as well as large animal production operations is tough, according to our interview with a national food waste logistics company.

    Stakeholder Actions

    • Entrepreneurs and waste haulers could create a dynamic network to match food waste generators with nearby farms.
    • New research into animal nutrition may unlock additional potential, as most livestock managers seek feed sources with consistent nutritional qualities to ensure a balanced diet.

    Examples & Resources

    • Sandwich Me In, a Chicago restaurant, sends food scrap waste to local chickens and then serves the eggs from the chickens to close the loop.

    • Quest Resource manages Walmart's waste stream and is able to send 60% of Walmart's organic waste to animal feed, due to a high number of store locations that are close to rural areas.

    Related Solutions

    Top Rated Solution:
    Largest Waste Diverted
    Greatest GHG Reduction
    Most Jobs Created

    Centralized Composting

    Composting is the process of transforming organic waste into humus, a critical component of healthy, fertile soil. In rural areas, this can be accomplished by periodically turning large piles, or windrows, of organic waste over themselves using specialized equipment. In more urban areas, Aerated Static Pile (ASP) composting is generally preferred, where piles can be covered and mechanically aerated in order to minimize the site’s footprint and odors.

    $4 /ton
    in financial benefit

    5,037 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    2,605 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    0 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    9,000
    jobs created

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    Community Composting

    Transporting food from homes by truck, car, or bicycle to small, community, or neighborhood-level compost facilities that process 2,500 tons per year on average

    $-34 /ton
    in financial benefit

    167 K tons/yr
    in diversion potential

    0 M meals/yr
    meals recovered

    163 K tons/yr
    in GHG reduction

    0 B gal/yr
    in water conservation

    230
    jobs created

    Learn How >
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