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Denver is Focused on Food Waste to Lower Greenhouse Gases


In an effort to reduce greenhouse gases, the City of Denver is tackling food waste.

After sifting through garbage in landfills, the City of Denver found that 25 percent of the trash they found is recyclable and 50 percent is compostable. That’s a lot of waste.

Much of the trash found in the landfills is food waste and could be composted to reduce the disbursement of methane gas, which contributes to climate change. Although the city offers curbside compost pick up, the participation from residents is low.

Local chefs are also joining in on reducing food waste in their own kitchens through the Chefs Challenge. The Wooden Spoon, a Denver restaurant, found that 63 percent their food waste was compostable.

Reducing food waste and composting are two of the top ways to make a difference in lowering greenhouse gases.

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