Clean Vibes is a waste management company that works with dozens of music festivals to make them more environmentally friendly.
Recently, a group of 300 volunteers managed by the company went to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee to save uneaten food from being thrown out and sent to landfills.
The crew spent four days helping to compost 230,000 pounds of food that was left over from caterers or that vendors were unable to sell.
The Huffington Post has more:
Clean Vibes used to have to convince festivals to try its services, but in the past decade, festivals have come to the company demanding waste management programs, according to owner Anna Borofsky.
“People used to think of us as tree-huggers when I founded Clean Vibes in 2000,” Borofsky told The Huffington Post. “But there was a sea change around 2006 when recycling and sustainability suddenly became mainstream.”
Food waste is the world’s third largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions ― behind the United States and China. When discarded food rots in a landfill, it releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Properly tended compost, by contrast, doesn’t release methane, though it does emit carbon dioxide, a less potent pollutant.