Company Turns Expired Groceries into Sustainable Compost

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An EcoScraps employee loads produce waste from a grocery store in Provo, Utah. Photo: EcoScraps

It’s estimated that Americans throw away about 40 percent of their food. That totals around $165 million of tossed goods each year, which isn’t just a waste of money – it’s a waste of the energy used to create the food and to properly dispose of it.

Utah-based EcoScraps thinks it might have found a solution to the end of a food item’s lifecycle. Rather than throwing it away, the company turns produce waste from big box stores like Costco into sustainable organic compost, potting mix, growth formula and garden booster.

As organic food waste rots, it releases greenhouse gases. EcoScraps is currently diverting a massive 120 tons of food each day from landfills throughout the U.S. Since its inception, the company has “saved the rough equivalent of all of the registered cars in L.A. being parked for an entire week,” according to a press release.

“The idea behind EcoScraps started at an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in Provo, Utah. I was having breakfast with my brother, and we were amazed at the amount of food wasted during the course of our meal,” co-founder Dan Blake says on the EcoScraps website. “I was intrigued by the idea of starting a business that utilized food waste to manufacture a different product. I did some research, learned about composting, and we decided to explore the possibility of starting EcoScraps.”

EcoScraps products can be found in Home Depot, nurseries and home improvement stores throughout the U.S.

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