Retailers have the opportunity to increase profits while empowering customers to reduce waste.
Feeding food waste to animals after it is heat treated and dehydrated and either mixed with dry feed or directly fed
A series of biological processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen resulting in two end products: biogas and digestate. There are many different AD technologies, including wet and dry versions, the latter being generally better suited for food waste mixed with yard waste.
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.
Increase the use of direct, point-to-point perishable food shipments from farmers to retailers to reduce the number of stops a product makes in transit and develop a cold chain certification standard for food carriers
Conducting large-scale advocacy campaigns to raise awareness and educate consumers about ways to save money and prevent wasted food.
Improvements in the ability of retail inventory management systems to track an average product’s remaining shelf-life (time left to sell an item) and inform efforts to reduce days on hand (how long an item has gone unsold)
Composting at small-scale at institutions or businesses with heat and mechanical power to compost relatively quickly (less than one month versus more than two months for windrow composting)
Modifying packaging sizes and designs to optimize consumer consumption and avoid residual container waste
Accepting and integrating the sale of off-grade produce (short shelf life, different size/shape/color), also known as "imperfect produce", into food business menu planning and product lines
Opening retail stores and creating dedicated market environments to sell discounted groceries sourced from food manufacturers and distributors
Packaging technologies that actively slow fruit and meat spoilage through ethylene absorption and other techniques
The Roadmap demonstrates that achieving a 20% reduction in food waste will generate a positive financial, social, and environmental return on investment. To make that happen, crosscutting actions are needed in four areas. Click to learn more about each tool.Learn More >
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