Viridiun, the nation’s leading provider of food recycling services, who is providing recycling services for the country’s largest grocery store chain Kroger, Ohio correctional facilities, American Electric Power and Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants has formally announced the opening of its Westerville, Ohio office.
The new office will allow the food waste and organics recycling company to build on what has been called the “next frontier of recycling”, curbing food waste, helping the local environment and creating new Ohio jobs, while assisting Ohio supermarkets, hospitals, universities, restaurants and other companies to achieve their sustainability goals.
Time Magazine reports that food scraps make up around 30% of our residential garbage stream, and it can make up as much as 40% of all landfill content in the U.S.
Sadly, statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that in 2010 alone, 35 million tons of food waste was generated, with only 3% being diverted for recycling. As landfill content, food waste becomes a source of potent greenhouse gas, methane, which the agency reports “carries 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide”.
The EPA also promotes the many environmental benefits of recycling food waste when turned into compost, which include diverting waste from landfills, improving soil health, reducing the need for supplemental water, pesticides and fertilizers, as well as improving health and sanitation at businesses by eliminating odors and discouraging insects or rodents.
Corporately Viridiun recycles almost three million pounds of organic-by-products per week, a number that increases daily. Spokesman for the company, Randy Abrams says “Viridiun delivers cutting edge food waste recycling solutions for companies that are seeking improved operations while meeting their green and sustainability goals”.
Marne Fuller, Retail Operations for The Kroger Co., the world’s fourth largest retailer, which has partnered with Viridiun stated that “Food waste recycling is a major component of our sustainability initiatives, as we are committed to reducing our overall waste footprint within the communities we serve. In Ohio we have been composting food waste since 2008, diverting 22 million pounds of organic material from Ohio landfills. Kroger associates find recycling food waste vs. throwing it away a natural part of their daily routine, and we are proud of the dedication each associate has toward sustainability”.
At Viridiun, recycling is more than just a process, it encompasses an entire ecosystem of people, process and technologies designed to help companies reduce their carbon footprint on the planet and improve the communities they work in. Choosing to operate on a local level, Viridiun Ohio is donating $100 directly to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for each new client acquired during the month of March.
Viridiun Ohio, in collaboration with Ohio Mulch, operates a completely turnkey process, all of which takes place in Ohio. Jim Weber, President of Ohio Mulch says “Viridiun organizes and manages food waste collection and transport to Ohio Mulch. Ohio Mulch recycles and processes the organic waste into Green Envy™ soil and potting soil and distributes the end products to our Ohio retail locations to be purchased by Ohio landscapers and consumers”.
Ohio business owners interested in finding out more about food waste recycling in Ohio will find Viridiun on the web at http://www.Viridiun.com .