- Minneapolis rolled out the first phase of a program for residents to collect and recycle food scraps and other compostable items in order to reduce waste in the city's landfill.
- The first phase of the program is for residents in the "green zone." The program starts for "orange zone" users in spring 2016. So far, 29% of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling customers have signed up to participate.
- Carts will be distributed for residents and businesses to recycle fruits, vegetables, bones, meat, breads, eggshells and other food scraps.
Curbside composting is available in many cities, though not without controversy.
Yet the drive toward "zero waste" must include food scraps. Food waste is the largest category of household waste, with more than 36 million tons being disposed of each year in the U.S., according to Forbes.