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Reducing Food Waste In Franklin County

May 22, 2019
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According to the USDA, the U.S. wastes 30 to 40 percent of its food supply each year. And in Franklin County, that amounted to 152,000 tons of food waste. 

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio is looking to cut that number in half by 2030

One of their plans is to encourage ‘rightsizing’ portions in employee training at local restaurants. This would reduce waste from restaurants that consistently overserve.  

Today on All Sides, we’re discussing how we can meet SWACO’s goal and why it's important to reduce food waste.

A view from the top of the SWACO landfill.
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Last year, 152,000 tons of food waste was sent to the landfill in Central Ohio. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) is announcing an action plan to cut that number in half by 2030.

Community representatives ceremonially toss recycleales into bins that will be distributed to their residents.
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Five Central Ohio communities will be handing out 38,000 new recycling bins to their residents, free of cost, over the next month.

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Some Central Ohio recycling companies blame China’s ban on imported plastic waste for rising costs and lower revenues.

Kroger To Phase Out Plastic Bags At All Stores

Aug 23, 2018
Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, will phase out the use of plastic bags in its stores by 2025.
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Kroger Co., the nation's largest grocery chain, has begun to phase out the use of plastic bags as more Americans grow uncomfortable with their impact on the environment.