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Analyzing waste tracking and reducing landfill waste could produce an estimated $1 billion in profits

Power Knot President, Iain Milnes, recently addressed reports that greenhouse emissions from food waste are contributing to global warming and costing the economy $1 trillion per year. He contends that American businesses could not only substantially reduce their impact on the environment but also generate an additional $1 billion in profit and savings through improved waste tracking and reduced waste shipped to landfills.

A 2016 collaborative report from more than 30 businesses and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) cited the significant role of food wastage in greenhouse emissions—meat waste alone accounts for 21% of the global carbon footprint. Iain Milnes, founder and president of Power Knot, a leading manufacturer of eco-friendly and cost-effective solutions that dispose of waste food, asserts that by taking measures to improve waste tracking and reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, U.S. businesses could generate more than $1 billion in annual profits and savings through lowered food purchase costs, all while reducing their carbon footprint.

The NRDC report outlines the environmental effects of greenhouse emissions and the potential gain—in terms of pure profit—for those in the corporate sphere looking for practical and sustainable answers. Over 97% of food waste generated ends up in landfills, totaling 33 million tons of waste annually in the USA alone. The EPA estimates the cost of disposing of food waste in landfills at $1.3 billion.

The energy used to produce, harvest, transport and package wasted food generates over 3.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide.( “People are waking up to the effects of global warming, albeit very slowly,” said Milnes. “Historically, there has been a lack of accountability among the public that we are changing the climate to cause extremities in the weather patterns. And while there’s much emphasis put on the monetary costs of food waste, the effects on the environment are hugely detrimental.”

And as if the damage to the environment were not enough, the financial implications of food waste are immense—not just for individual businesses but for the U.S. economy as a whole: the U.S. spends over $218 billion on food that is eventually wasted.(2) Per Milnes, “The EPA is taking more official notice when it comes to landfill legislation, and with the president’s Climate Action Plan—Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, reducing waste in landfills looks more and more like a sound business model.”

In response to what some experts have deemed a burgeoning epidemic, Milnes created Power Knot’s LFC (Liquid Food Composter), an innovative machine that breaks down organic food matter into liquid form through a proprietary biodigestion process that drastically reduces the tonnage of waste. Through the use of the LFC, money spent on transporting and disposing of waste is eliminated, and the tonnage of waste that is being sent to landfills decreases dramatically. In addition to reducing property values, landfills produce excessive amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2). Both methane and CO2 are major contributors to global warming and climate change.

Forward-thinking companies are already taking advantage of this sustainable technology. JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay have had the LFC installed, and were recently featured for taking green initiatives while lowering monthly operating expenses for electricity, water, and waste removal. With the LFC, organic food waste that would wind up in a landfill—at substantial financial and environmental cost—is instead efficiently broken down. Power Knot’s LFC also digitally weighs and records in the cloud the amount that is discarded. This provides data for everyone from the executive chef to the general manager to help reduce the waste and indicate to stakeholders the positive impact on the property’s carbon footprint.

With the world’s population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, issues such as landfill waste and greenhouse emissions are becoming increasingly urgent. Milnes emphasized corporate responsibility, not just fiscally but on the global stage where sustainability is continually in the spotlight. He said, “Reducing carbon footprints by decreasing the amount of landfill waste and minimizing the use of excess energy is an essential requirement going forward if we want to see environmental change.”

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