Of all the things we throw in landfills or incinerators, the single largest component is food — as much as two of every five pounds of waste (40%!). The average household in St. Paul throws away almost $100 in food every month, according to the MPCA.
Food waste is a potential gold mine for reducing what goes into landfills and in saving us money. What are we doing to do just that? What policies should governments consider to help address the problem? And how well do current efforts, including composting, work?
On June 5, 2019, the Citizens League kicked off its new event series, Policy On Tap, to discuss these issues, what the problems are, and what can be done. Scroll down to listen to the discussion.
Join us for Policy On Tap!
Join us for our next Policy On Tap on August 20th! We’re talking the business behind the things we throw away: How do these systems work, and how are they are being disrupted?
Event host Tom Weber was joined by a panel to discuss food waste in our region:
- Nancy Lo, Waste Reductions and Recycling Specialist, Hennepin County
- JoAnne Berkenkamp, Senior Advocate, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Listen to the conversation below: