Introduction to Organic Waste Recycling
Introducing organic waste recycling. To get started with this important program, contact the experts at Panda Environmental Services today.
What is organic waste recycling?
Waste can be disposed of in two major ways. The first way is via standard waste removal, where food and other organics are placed in the trash along with every other piece of waste, and is offloaded at a landfill. The majority of waste that we create every day (as high as 90%), however, can be recycled or composted in a way the does not harm, but rather helps the environment! Food waste falls into this category as it can be totally composted without any long term ill-effects.
Organic waste recycling, therefore, is a process used to convert food waste into useful materials and products for achieving environmental sustainability. Organic waste is further defined as "remains of plant, animal and vegetable origins constitute organic wastes." And while we might refer to them as “wastes,” they are really valuable resources that, once composted, can be returned to the soil to improve its health and vitality.
Here's a list of some of the most common items that can be included:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Any bakery items
- Paper cartons (milk, juice etc.)
- Coffee grinds/filters
- Paper products (plates, napkins etc.)
- Red meat, poultry, seafood
- Eggs and nuts
- Other plants or flowers
- Tea bags
- Dairy products
Note: In Ontario, businesses are responsible for their own waste removal needs.
Food waste doesn't have to be tossed with the rest of your trash!
Benefits of organic waste recycling
There are two primary benefits of adopting an organic waste recycling program.
For starters, organic waste recycling can save you money. The primary cost of waste removal is the cost associated with dumping it at the landfill. The waste is charged by weight, meaning the more you send, the more it will cost. By removing food waste, you can reduce the amount you send to the landfill by a significant amount, leading to great savings for your business.
Second, there's great environmental value. According to the World Wildlife Fund, "if food goes to the landfill and rots, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide. About 11% of all the greenhouse gas emissions that come from the food system could be reduced if we stop wasting food. In the US alone, the production of lost or wasted food generates the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions."
Organic waste recycling diverts waste from the landfill, and as such potentially lowers your waste removal costs as well as reduces the carbon footprint produced by your business. Talk about a win-win!
How to get started
As mentioned above, if you are a business owner in Ontario, you are responsible for your own waste removal needs. Panda Environmental is able to come alongside businesses in order to provide a solution to their organic waste needs. Panda seeks to provide the most efficient waste removal service at the lowest cost for the customer.
Businesses that have a large amount of standard waste can combine waste removal services with recycling and organic waste removal services in order to decrease their environmental footprint and reduce waste removal costs. Panda operates on a scheduled waste removal model, meaning that waste is removed at regular intervals, instead of a one-time deal.
The following is a list of common customers who utilize Panda's food waste management services:
- Coffee shops
- Cafeterias (High school, University)
- Food Courts
- Food Processing Plant
Your office can also institute the program for kitchen and break rooms.
To get started, all you need is the will and a way! Reach out to Panda today, and we can provide you with the consultation needed to get started.
Trust Panda Environmental With Your Organic Waste Recycling
Panda Environmental specializes in food waste recycling and food waste collection for offices, restaurants, commercial, and construction businesses. We offer innovative organic waste solutions that are both highly effective and positive for our environment. Food waste is nearly always able to be processed as organic material or compost, as such it makes sense to utilize a forward-thinking organic recycling program when it comes to your food waste.
What Panda customers are saying:
"Very happy with the service and prices are so much better than the competition. Glad my company made the switch. Great customer service. You can tell they appreciate their customers. Would recommend giving Panda a try. You can't go wrong." - Susan Ainsworth
Panda Environmental has been a leader in responsible waste management and recycling solutions for over 15 years. We are able to service all waste needs.
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