On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal featured a report about the growing international interest - with a focus on the EU - in the efficacy of food waste disposers (aka garbage disposals) as an environmental management tool, for immediate diversion of food scraps from the solid waste stream, and relying on wastewater treatment plants to process the solids in fertilizer products with energy recovery where possible. In particular, it noted the experience of several cities that have intentionally opted for disposer-based systems for food scrap management.
Given that the WSJ remains subscription-based, if you'd like a copy of the article - as well as its Environmental Capital blog post on the same topic - please let me know and I'll forward. If you would like access to one or more of the reports referenced in the article, let me know that, too.
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the writer is senior consultant on environmental affairs for InSinkErator, the leading manufacturer of residential and commercial food waste disposers, and former Chair of NYC's Citywide Recycling Advisory Board