The Food Recovery Summit will follow up on the highly successful 2012 Southeast Food Waste Reduction Conference to further catalyze the prevention and recovery of food discards. The Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) is producing the 2015 Food Recovery Summit with collaboration from the NC Department of Natural Resources and the SC Department of Health & Environmental Control.
As progress is made in the recovery of other recyclable materials, discarded food represents a growing portion of disposed materials in the Southeast and nation. Reducing and recovering discarded food will help cut dependence on landfills, prevent greenhouse gas generation, help organizations achieve zero-waste-to landfill and other sustainability goals, and create business and job creation opportunities.
The Summit will address the full range of issues and management techniques for food discards:
- Food rescue operations,
- Food discard collection,
- Permitting and regulatory concerns,
- Anaerobic digestion,
- Connecting food recovery to wider food sustainability issues.
By strengthening the network of professionals working in this arena and covering the many technical facets of the issue, the Summit is expected to accelerate food recovery in the Southeast and in other areas of the country.
The Summit will feature the leading efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency to focus attention on food materials and to build prevention and recovery solutions.