Food Waste

How Waste in Landfills Contribute to Climate Change

How Waste in Landfills Contribute to Climate Change

We take out our trash and feel lighter and cleaner. But at the landfill, the food and yard waste that trash contains is decomposing and releasing methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Are We Choking in Plastic?

Are We Choking in Plastic?

In Southeast Asia, the problem is compounded by a distinct insufficiency in waste management policy and practice.

The Waste Problem in Southeast Asia

The Waste Problem in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has seen some of the fastest economic growth rates in the world, and plastic production has boomed alongside it while waste management lags.

What Do We Learn From the China Waste Ban?

What Do We Learn From the China Waste Ban?

China's ban on plastic scrap and waste imports has unveiled the hidden dynamics of the global plastic waste trade. The world has discovered that plastics collected for recycling are actually being exported with scarce control or care for their real destiny.

Why Methane Matters

Why Methane Matters

Landfills are a top source of methane emissions, releasing 12 percent of the world’s total. Landfill methane can be tapped, captured, and used as a fairly clean energy source for generating electricity or heat, rather than leaking into the air or being dispersed as waste.

The United States' Food Waste Problem

The United States' Food Waste Problem

About 150,000 tons of food is tossed out in US households each day, equivalent to about a third of the daily calories that each American consumes. This waste has an environmental toll.

Who Wastes Most Food?

Who Wastes Most Food?

There are a lot of ways to think about food waste. The issue is complex, and effective reduction efforts require a coordinated response involving effective policies and technologies.

What Can Your Food Waste Power?

What Can Your Food Waste Power?

Considering that 795 million people around the world go hungry on any given day, it is shocking that many of us throw away food on a daily basis.

The World Before and After the China Waste Ban

The World Before and After the China Waste Ban

The move was an effort to halt a deluge of soiled and contaminated materials that was overwhelming Chinese processing facilities and leaving the country with yet another environmental problem — and this one not of its own making.

Energy Potential from Food Waste

Energy Potential from Food Waste

Food waste’s bioavailable carbon and nutrient content makes it a major contributor to landfill methane emissions, but also presents an important opportunity for energy recovery.