Quantifying Existing Food Waste Composting Infrastructure in The U.S.
BioCycle Magazine, 2018
BioCycle led the Composting Collaborative’s initiative to better quantify full-scale food waste composting infrastructure in the U.S. BioCycle defines a full-scale facility as a municipal or commercial facility equipped to receive and process organic waste streams arriving by truckload volumes from generators and haulers on a year-round basis.
Data was gathered via a questionnaire sent to 300 full-scale composting facilities in the U.S. that were in BioCycle’s various databases. Ultimately, 103 facilities responded with details about their operations, which are discussed in the report. Additionally, BioCycle was able to confirm another 82 full-scale food waste composting facilities; these facilities did not supply operating details. In total, the survey identified 185 full-scale composting facilities in the U.S.