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Residents in Washington produce more than 1.2 million tons of food waste every year, which contributes to both waste and climate change. Divert, a company that intends to build a facility in Longview, has proposed a solution by converting excess food into renewable energy. This process would offset approximately 23,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. This innovative approach highlights the importance of finding creative solutions to tackle climate change. However, it is crucial to adopt a more comprehensive strategy that includes waste reduction and policy implementation. Industries like renewable energy derived from food waste play a significant role in combating climate change and demonstrate the potential for a sustainable future.

In Our View: Food waste facility to mitigate climate change. (2023, September 17). The Columbian.