SWANA comments on U.S. draft food waste reduction strategy
The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has submitted comments on the U.S. Draft National Strategy for Reducing Food Loss and Waste and Recycling Organics. SWANA says that it supports the intent of the draft strategy and has several recommendations for strengthening the strategy.
"SWANA appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on this important new national strategy. We look forward to working with the federal agencies in advancing the goals to strengthen a robust nationwide organics recycling system," stated Amy Lestition Burke, executive director and CEO at SWANA.
The draft strategy was released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent food loss and waste and increase recycling of organic material.
SWANA's comments covered many areas, including the call for continued federal financial incentives and support to expand compost and anaerobic digestion infrastructure. The draft strategy includes a strategic action of addressing contamination in the organic waste recycling stream, and SWANA emphasizes the importance of this action. SWANA also called for an increased focus on worker safety and training programs as jobs in this field grow.