Mayor Megan Barry, Metro-Nashville Department of Public Works, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Nashville Food Waste Initiative are challenging local businesses to measure their food waste, set a food-waste reduction target, and work to reduce their food waste.
Participating in the Mayor’s Food Saver Challenge will reduce the amount of food sent to Middle Tennessee landfills, while helping to relieve hunger by donating wholesome, edible food to local nonprofits serving over 110,000 food-insecure residents in Davidson County.
Both the Nashville Food Waste Initiative and the Mayor’s Restaurant Challenge focus on landfill-diversion strategies based on the U.S. EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy, which outlines, in rank order, the most effective management strategies for wasted food that offer the greatest amount of environmental, social and economic benefits.
Forty percent of all food in America goes uneaten, with 95 percent of that wasted food ending up in landfills or incinerators, according to NRDC. In 2015, NRDC selected Nashville as its pilot city for developing high-impact local policies and on-the-ground actions to address food waste. The Waste Reduction & Recycling subcommittee for Mayor Barry’s Livable Nashville Committee has been collaborating with NRDC’s Nashville Food Waste Initiative to set measurable goals and recommendations to increase composting and reduce food waste generated in Davidson County across municipal, residential, and commercial sectors.
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