FOOD RECOVERY CHALLENGE
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The issue of food ”waste” is a hot topic among sustainability professionals, government agencies, media and the general public. Stresses on food production systems due to multiple social, economic and environmental factors have revealed alarming statistics about the amount, causes and consequences of wasted food in the US and globally. This presentation will dive into the wasted food problem and share information about the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a unique collaboration working to address it.
Gail Tavill is Vice President of Packaging and Sustainable Productivity at ConAgra Foods, leading strategies that influence packaging, product, process and policy design for long term sustainability of the business and the industry. She plays a leadership role on the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, contributing to the recent publication of the Best Practices Toolkit and currently chairing the policy committee. Gail is also a strong advocate for the packaging industry as a founding member and immediate past president of AMERIPEN, an organization that proactively influences packaging policy in the US. Gail joined ConAgra Foods in 2000, holding progressive leadership roles in Packaging, Product Development and Sustainability. She earned a BS in Packaging from Michigan State University where she remains active, leading the MSU Alumni Club of Nebraska and serving more than a decade on the Packaging Alumni Association Board. She also earned an MS in Environmental Management from the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Jason Wadsworth is Wegmans Sustainability Manager and has been with the company for 25 years and is a third generation Wegmans employee. Jason is responsible for the development and implementation of sustainability programs by partnering with leadership and key functional areas, focused on outcomes that are good for the environment, people and Wegmans.
Jason is a founding member of the Food Marketing Institute’s Sustainability Executive Committee and is also active in FMI’s Animal Welfare Committee and the Joint FMI/GMA/NRA Food Waste Reduction Alliance.
Registration for RecycleMania is open! Make sure your local college is ready to join the 500+ schools that compete to waste the least and recycle the most! Not sure who to contact? Get in touch with a recycling coordinator, facilities/operations manager, or the sustainability office. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORA News & Events
Student Team At University of Missouri-Columbia to Receive $14,874 to Study Treatment of Food Waste with Pig Manure
Press Release - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7
Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394, email@example.com
(Lenexa, Kan., Oct. 15, 2014) - A student team at the University of Missouri-Columbia will receive $14,874 from EPA to study the feasibility of treating food waste mixed with swine manure and gather data from the process related to energy use, greenhouse gases and recovered nutrients.
The UMC project, “Feasibility and Life Cycle Assessment of Anaerobic Co-Digestion of Campus Food Waste and Swine Manure,” is one of only 42 student team projects funded this year in Phase I of EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program, EPA headquarters officials announced today. The P3 program is designed to stimulate the development of projects and designs that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental challenges.
I’m happy to announce that EPA has recently released a free, new resource to reduce food and packaging waste! The Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit helps restaurants, grocers, caterers, and other commercial kitchens to save money and reduce their environmental impact. We encourage you to explore the toolkit and share extensively with those in your food services network.
2014 Board Election Results
Dan Imig, President
Luke Westerman, Vice President
Michelle Goth, Treasurer
Linda Adams, Secretary
Lauren Henry, City of Jefferson City; Tim Little, Region M SWMD;
Sue Noel, Silver Dollar City; Patty Overman, Service Recycling;
Ruth Anne Parrott, Pioneer Trails RPC; Mary Patterson, Saint Louis County Department of Health; Kara Taylor, City of Lee's Summit;
Layli Terrill; City of Columbia
New Food Waste Study!
A new study commissioned by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, an industry initiative led by grocery manufacturers, food marketers and a restaurant association found that food waste from manufacturing tends to be unused ingredients, unfinished product, or trimmings, peels and other unavoidable food waste. The large volume of food and relatively few manufacturing sites create economies of scale that allow manufacturers to recycle waste at a high rate. Conversely, food waste at the retail level tends to consist of finished products more suitable for donation. Survey respondents cited common barriers that prevented them from diverting more food waste from landfill. Download a copy of the report by clicking on the cover photo.
Missouri 20 year progress report on recycling
Recycling and reuse are real economic generators for our state. In 2012, Missouri exports of waste and scrap totaled $451 million. A conservative estimate is that more than 25,000 jobs are related directly to recycling activities in Missouri. There is tremendous growth potential if we raise our state recycling goal from 40% to 75%, which is more in line with US trends. A national study by the Institute of Local Self-Reliance calculated that every 10,000 tons of additional waste diverted from landfills can create 10 recycling jobs or 75 materials reuse jobs.
Find out how recycling is already strengthening the economy, communities and environment across Missouri in this new report that highlights how far we have come in the 20 years since the solid waste fund was implemented. Download the report by clicking on the image above.
MORA is a proud member of Keep America Beautiful and the National Recycling Coalition, Inc. As the designated state recycling organization (SRO), MORA represents Missouri's recycling interests to these national organizations. Click on the images to see what affiliation with these groups provides MORA members!