On November 1st, over 50 local government officials submitted a letter to the EPA asking for their help cutting food waste in their municipalities. On top of reducing food waste, they also urged the EPA to update their landfill standards of prevention and detection of methane gas emissions. In order to achieve their goal of food waste reduction by 2030, the USDA and EPA tell us that the producers and manufacturers also need to shift their mindset to a more sustainable system. The article acknowledges that there is not one umbrella solution for all. Urban planning professor at University of Illinois suggests that the EPA’s report should include information about how different areas, rural or urban, can adopt more specific solutions. She just launched a composting program in Chicago where people can drop off their food waste at multiple sites throughout the city.
Officials call on EPA to combat alarming food waste and methane emissions
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