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Food waste reduction and recycling

In the United States alone, food waste makes up almost 22% of landfill waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With food waste recycling and composting standards becoming law across much of the country, find out how your organization or city can start to implement best practices to keep up with these mandates.

A Beginner’s Guide
to Organics Recycling

Download Rubicon’s practical guide for businesses like yours that are looking to recycle food waste.

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Organics and Food Waste
Recycling Solutions

Rubicon’s organics and food waste recycling services enable customers to recycle organic materials and convert them into rich compost or renewable energy.

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How to Compost
at Multiple Locations

With a laser focus on sustainability, a fast-casual restaurant chain uses only compostable food service ware and other recyclable items at all their locations.

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Waste not, want not

"Food can be recycled into energy, heat, fuel, and composted into a valuable soil amendment that creates healthy plants, prevents erosion, and combats drought."

Ryan Cooper Waste Diversion Manager - Organics Recycling Lead
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40%

Up to 40% of all food produced in the United States is lost or wasted each year.

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1.3 Billion Tons

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted globally; roughly one-third of all food produced.

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Third Largest

If food waste were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses.

Turning food waste into fuel, and more

Each commercial organics program is unique. With organics recycling becoming more commonplace, Rubicon will help you close the loop on food waste.

Trends in the Anaerobic
Digestion of Food Waste

Anaerobic digestion of food waste and organics has a long history. While the first known anaerobic digester was built in 1859 in Bombay, India, the technology goes back as far as 10 BC...

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Digging Into Food Waste
Recycling Solutions

Food waste recycling includes a wide variety of food waste solutions, including food donation, animal feed, anaerobic digestion, and composting…

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Challenges and Opportunities
in Organics Recycling

The greatest challenge and opportunity for food waste is source reduction. When your business reduces the volume of food it produces in the first place, organics recycling gets much easier...

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Items you can compost

  • Two red apples
    Apples
  • Avocado cut in half
    Avocados
  • Three artichokes
    Artichokes
  • Three asparagus spears
    Asparagus
  • Two orange apricots
    Apricots
  • Semi-peeled banana with bite
    Bananas
  • Head of broccoli
    Broccoli
  • Blueberries in a pile
    Blueberries
  • Handful of blackberries
    Blackberries
  • Single burlap sack
    Burlap sacks
  • Partly sliced loaf of bread
    Bread
  • Eaten rib bones
    Bones
  • Two carrots with stem
    Carrots
  • Three celery stalks
    Celery
  • Half sliced cucumber
    Cucumbers
  • Cantaloupe melon with single slice carved
    Cantaloupes
  • Handful of cherries
    Cherries
  • Bowl of cooked rice
    Cooked rice
  • Coffee beans and grounds
    Coffee grounds
  • Four cotton balls
    Cotton balls
  • Used coffee grounds
    Coffee grinds
  • Coffee grounds in a mound
    Coffee
  • Handful of date fruits
    Date fruit
  • Pile of dryer lint
    Dryer lint
  • Bundle of dead flowers
    Dead flowers
  • Pile of dog food
    Dog food
  • Two small eggplants
    Eggplant
  • Elderberries on the stem
    Elderberries
  • Two broken egg shells
    Egg shells
  • Envelopes
  • One and a half figs
    Fig
  • Bundle of fresh flowers
    Fresh flowers
  • Pile of fish food
    Fish food
  • Single white feather
    Feathers
  • Pile of pet fur
    Fur (i.e. dogs/cats)
  • Slice of grapefruit
    Grapefruit
  • Single ginger root
    Ginger roots
  • Green grapes on the stem
    Grapes
  • One and a half guavas
    Guava
  • Grass clippings
  • Recyclable granola
    Granola
  • Pile of human hair
    Hair
  • A holiday wreath with bow
    Holiday wreath
  • Bowl of pink ice cream
    Ice cream
  • Wood ice cream stick
    Ice cream stick
  • Slices of jackfruit
    Jackfruit
  • Junk mail
  • Smiling Jack-o'-lantern
    Jack O' Lantern
  • Pile of meat jerky
    Jerky
  • Pile of kale leaves
    Kale
  • Sliced kiwi
    Kiwis
  • Three kumquat fruits
    Kumquats
  • Two lemons
    Lemons
  • Pile of leeks
    Leeks
  • Bundle of lettuce
    Lettuce
  • Sliced pieces of lime
    Limes
  • Pink shower loofa
    Loofah
  • Handful of green leaves
    Leaves
  • Plant branch with leaves
    Limb (Tree/Plant)
  • Pile of different mushrooms
    Mushrooms
  • Mandarin orange with leaf
    Mandarins
  • Three peeled mangos
    Mangos
  • Two wooden matches
    Matches
  • Single white paper napkin
    Napkins (paper)
  • Newspapers
  • Pile of potpourri
    Natural potpourri
  • One and a half oranges
    Oranges
  • Slices of okra
    Okra
  • Partially peeled red onion
    Onions
  • Three green olives on stem
    Olives
  • Pile of oatmeal with blueberries
    Oatmeal
  • Half sliced potato
    Potatoes
  • Two large pumpkins
    Pumpkins
  • Single pineapple
    Pineapples
  • Single yellow pear
    Pears
  • Two and a half plums
    Plums
  • Brown paper shopping bag
    Paper bags
  • Single whole pickle
    Pickles
  • Pile of pencil shavings
    Pencil shavings
  • Pile of pet fur
    Pet hair
  • Paper towel roll
    Paper Towels
  • One and a half quince fruit
    Quince
  • Bundle of radishes with leaves
    Radishes
  • Pile of raspberries
    Raspberries
  • Single rawhide dog toy
    Raw hide
  • Bundle of rhubarb
    Rhubarb
  • Pile of strawberries
    Strawberries
  • Single shallot with stem
    Shallots
  • Single sweet potato
    Sweet potatoes
  • Pile of bird seeds
    Seeds
  • Two pieces of seaweed
    Seaweed
  • Pile of sawdust
    Sawdust
  • Syrup
  • Pile of cherry tomatoes
    Tomatoes
  • Two whole turnips
    Turnips
  • Single tea bag
    Tea bags
  • Pile of raw tofu
    Tofu
  • Pile of wooden toothpicks
    Toothpicks
  • Tortillas
  • Tissue box with used tissues
    Used facial tissue
  • Vanilla
  • Vinegar
  • Bundle of watercress
    Watercress
  • One and a half watermelons
    Watermelons
  • Three wine corks
    Wine corks
  • Wasabi
  • Two whole yams
    Yams
  • Yard clippings
  • Yolks
  • Yogurt
  • Two whole zucchinis
    Zucchini