Food Waste Management Networks: Novel Methods for Overcoming Emerging Logistics Challenges
Speaker: Will Armington, Energy and Climate Change Specialist
Where: Burgundy Basin, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY
When: Noon, Wednesday January 15, 2020
Cost: Pre-registration - $20 members, $28 non-members; Onsite - $22 members, $30 non-members; Free for student with valid ID.
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The production and disposal of food waste (FW) along the food supply chain is a growing global concern. In the United States alone, the amount of food wasted in the past decade has been estimated to be between 49 to 89 million metric tons per year. Most FW in the U.S. is disposed at landfills as part of conventional municipal solid waste management, a practice that results in an estimated 115 to 160 million metric tons of CO2e greenhouse gas emissions per year. Recent research has focused on alternatives to landfilling, such as anaerobic digestion and composting to add value to FW. However, shifting to a new FW waste management approach will require overcoming information gaps, logistics challenges, technology deployment, and participation barriers by generators.
In this presentation Will uses systems thinking to discuss FW management from generation to treatment. First he characterizes current FW generation including generator types, variation in monthly generation, and impact of generator locations. Will then discusses how these characteristics impact collection networks in order to identify and define intersections of environmental responsibility, service demand, and economic feasibility. Finally, Will presents feasibility scenarios for siting potential FW treatment facilities, using anaerobic digestion as an example, in the Western New York region that includes both input feedstocks and output product balances.