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EPA Dedicates Month to Food Waste Reduction

The inaugural effort aims to redirect food waste from trash and landfills.

April 4, 2019

In an effort to curb food waste across the country, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has kicked off Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month.

Food is the single largest type of waste in our trash, the EPA reports; in fact, “More than one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste. Food is the single largest type of waste in our daily trash,” the agency says.

Two members of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, have already been on board the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative by making public commitments to reduce food loss and waste by at least 50 percent in their U.S. operations by the year 2030. This includes Sodexo, a global provider of integrated food and facilities management services, and Aramark, a provider of food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel.

Waste management issues have been a prominent topic across the cleaning industry as last week’s Clean Building’s Expo in Baltimore, MD, demonstrated.

“Panelists from day one of CBE were quick to admit the cleaning and facilities management industries have failed with the implementation of waste management and recycling efforts, and it’s time for us to step up,” a recap of the trade show reported. “While educating building occupants is important, so is education for purchasing managers, helping to ensure they are buying products with a sustainability mindset.” Reducing trash by curbing food waste in facilities could be another good place to start.

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