Each year EPA releases the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures Fact Sheet, formerly called Municipal Solid Waste in the United States: Facts and Figures. It includes information on Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generation, recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling. The Fact and Figures provides an estimate of the amount of food going to landfills from residences, commercial establishments (e.g. grocery stores and restaurants), institutional sources (e.g. school cafeterias), and industrial sources (e.g. factory lunchrooms). Pre-consumer food generated during the manufacturing and packaging of food products is not included in EPA’s food waste estimates.
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