Food Waste

Turn food waste into valuable resources.

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Food waste reduction and recycling

In the United States alone, food waste makes up almost 22% of landfill waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With food waste recycling and composting standards becoming law across much of the country, find out how your organization or city can start to implement best practices to keep up with these mandates.

A Beginner’s Guide
to Organics Recycling

Download Rubicon’s practical guide for businesses like yours that are looking to recycle food waste.

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Organics and Food Waste
Recycling Solutions

Rubicon’s organics and food waste recycling services enable customers to recycle organic materials and convert them into rich compost or renewable energy.

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How to Compost
at Multiple Locations

With a laser focus on sustainability, a fast-casual restaurant chain uses only compostable food service ware and other recyclable items at all their locations.

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Waste not, want not

"Food can be recycled into energy, heat, fuel, and composted into a valuable soil amendment that creates healthy plants, prevents erosion, and combats drought."

Ryan Cooper Waste Diversion Manager - Organics Recycling Lead

40%

Up to 40% of all food produced in the United States is lost or wasted each year.

1.3 Billion Tons

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted globally; roughly one-third of all food produced.

Third Largest

If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses.

Turning food waste into fuel, and more

Each commercial organics program is unique. With organics recycling becoming more commonplace, Rubicon will help you close the loop on food waste.

Trends in the Anaerobic
Digestion of Food Waste

Anaerobic digestion of food waste and organics has a long history. While the first known anaerobic digester was built in 1859 in Bombay, India, the technology goes back as far as 10 BC...

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Digging Into Food Waste
Recycling Solutions

Food waste recycling includes a wide variety of food waste solutions, including food donation, animal feed, anaerobic digestion, and composting…

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Challenges and Opportunities
in Organics Recycling

The greatest challenge and opportunity for food waste is source reduction. When your business reduces the volume of food it produces in the first place, organics recycling gets much easier...

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Items you can compost

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Apricots
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Burlap sacks
  • Bread
  • Bones
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Cantaloupes
  • Cherries
  • Cooked rice
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cotton balls
  • Coffee grinds
  • Coffee
  • Date fruit
  • Dryer lint
  • Dead flowers
  • Dog food
  • Eggplant
  • Elderberries
  • Egg shells
  • Envelopes
  • Fig
  • Fresh flowers
  • Fish food
  • Feathers
  • Fur (i.e. dogs/cats)
  • Grapefruit
  • Ginger roots
  • Grapes
  • Guava
  • Grass clippings
  • Granola
  • Hair
  • Holiday wreath
  • Ice cream
  • Ice cream stick
  • Jackfruit
  • Junk mail
  • Jack O' Lantern
  • Jerky
  • Kale
  • Kiwis
  • Kumquats
  • Lemons
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Loofah
  • Leaves
  • Limb (Tree/Plant)
  • Mushrooms
  • Mandarins
  • Mangos
  • Matches
  • Napkins (paper)
  • Newspapers
  • Natural potpourri
  • Oranges
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Olives
  • Oatmeal
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Pineapples
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Paper bags
  • Pickles
  • Pencil shavings
  • Pet hair
  • Paper Towels
  • Quince
  • Radishes
  • Raspberries
  • Raw hide
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Shallots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Seeds
  • Seaweed
  • Sawdust
  • Syrup
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Tea bags
  • Tofu
  • Toothpicks
  • Tortillas
  • Used facial tissue
  • Vanilla
  • Vinegar
  • Watercress
  • Watermelons
  • Wine corks
  • Wasabi
  • Yams
  • Yard clippings
  • Yolks
  • Yogurt
  • Zucchini