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P-106.2.1 Legislative Findings
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- Cities around the world are increasingly focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with the generation, management and disposition of food waste.
- Food waste comprises one of the largest components of household waste.
- Approximately 10 pounds of food waste each week is generated by the average American family.
- Food waste is one of the most difficult components in the waste stream to manage because it has a high moisture content, sticks to dry recyclables, thereby reducing their potential value, and attracts pests and becomes malodorous.
- The Philadelphia Streets Department collects more than 500,000 tons of residential waste each year, which it delivers to disposal facilities at a cost of about $29,500,000 per year.
- Food waste makes up about 10% of Philadelphia's residential waste.
- Analysis of the evidence demonstrates that Food Waste Grinders are valid tools for separating kitchen food waste at its source and diverting it to treatment, use and recycling via existing infrastructure.
- Food Waste Grinders offer the best opportunity for cost savings in comparison to other alternatives.
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