Hello BESTers,

It's been a while.  Between a crazy travel schedule for work, then having
our first baby 3 weeks ago, this has been a hectic several months to say
the least.  But I now have a new motivation to make the world more
sustainable for our daughter.

On that note, I'm excited to share that the EPA issued a new report last
month detailing food waste anaerobic digestion activities in the US.  This
is a follow-up to a similar report last year.  In the new report, the EPA
surveyed 198 anaerobic digestion facilities that have the capacity to
digest food waste, categorized into three types: stand-alone food waste
digesters, on-farm digesters that co-digest food waste, and digesters at
water resource recovery facilities that co-digest food waste.  The survey
found that in the US, a total of 10.7 million tons of food waste were
digested in 2016, producing a total of 989 million kilowatt hours.  The
tonnages were slightly down from the 2015 figures, but the EPA also
received fewer responses.  The 3 states with the most facilities were
California (31), Wisconsin (14), and Ohio (11).  However, Florida has 5
facilities.  The most common source of feedstock was the food and beverage
processing industry, followed by restaurants and food service.

Surveys such as these may not make big headlines, but they are critical
tools for us to quantify where we are in the fight against food waste.

Have a great weekend,


New EPA Report: AD Facilities Processing Food Waste
October 18, 2019

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