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Assessment of the state of food waste treatment in the United States and Canada.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20171867     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Currently in the US, over 97% of food waste is estimated to be buried in landfills. There is nonetheless interest in strategies to divert this waste from landfills as evidenced by a number of programs and policies at the local and state levels, including collection programs for source separated organic wastes (SSO). The objective of this study was to characterize the state-of-the-practice of food waste treatment alternatives in the US and Canada. Site visits were conducted to aerobic composting and two anaerobic digestion facilities, in addition to meetings with officials that are responsible for program implementation and financing. The technology to produce useful products from either aerobic or anaerobic treatment of SSO is in place. However, there are a number of implementation issues that must be addressed, principally project economics and feedstock purity. Project economics varied by region based on landfill disposal fees. Feedstock purity can be obtained by enforcement of contaminant standards and/or manual or mechanical sorting of the feedstock prior to and after treatment. Future SSO diversion will be governed by economics and policy incentives, including landfill organics bans and climate change mitigation policies.
J W Levis; M A Barlaz; N J Themelis; P Ulloa
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-02-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Waste management (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1879-2456     ISO Abbreviation:  Waste Manag     Publication Date:    2010 Aug-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-11     Completed Date:  2010-08-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9884362     Medline TA:  Waste Manag     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1486-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
North Carolina State University, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Campus Box 7908, Raleigh, NC 27695-7908, United States.
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MeSH Terms
Biodegradation, Environmental
Environmental Pollutants / analysis
Public Policy
Refuse Disposal* / economics,  methods,  statistics & numerical data
United States
Waste Products / statistics & numerical data
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants; 0/Waste Products

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