food waste

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There's a new type of recycling facility in San Luis Obispo County that's turning food and green waste into power and compost. It's called an anaerobic digester, and it was built by global engineering firm Hitachi Zozen Inova. The company is touting it as the first of its kind in the United States for the specific way it recycles waste. 

Mary Risley in her cooking school kitchen in San Francisco
Food Runners

Mary Risley, founder of San Francisco based Food Runners, talks about the grassroots organization that provides 15,000 meals every week to low income and homeless citizens. Every week, more than 200 volunteers pick up leftover food from hotels such as the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Westin St. Francis, and Park Central, grocery stores, Starbucks, tech and law firms, schools, bakeries, restaurants, caterers, and more. 

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The future of garbage disposal  - and energy production  - was on display Tuesday morning at the San Luis Garbage Company facility on San Luis Obispo’s Old Santa Fe Road. It was the official groundbreaking for a new project called an anaerobic digester plant. 

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A Cal Poly professor and his research team were given a grant from the US Department of Agriculture for almost half a million dollars last week to study solutions to food waste.

Cal Poly economics department chair Steve Hamilton said his research team aims to reduce food waste not only at the consumer level, but at every step of the process, from farmers, to retailers and to consumers. 

SF Hotel Council's Jessica Lum (L) with Jo Licata, Hilton SF Union Square's Community Projects Manager
Thomas Wilmer

In addition to promoting the economic vitality of the City’s hospitality industry, The Hotel Council of San Francisco works continuously to partner with numerous non-profit organizations such as Project Homeless Connect. The recent Stay Green Forum 2016 sponsored by the Hotel Council, was specifically focused on sustainability, energy efficiency, water conservation and much more.

Marissa Lamagna, Founder and CEO of Bay Area Green Tours
Thomas Wilmer

Come along and join Marissa Lamagna as she talks about Bay Area Green Tours where custom planned educational tours showcase the sustainable economy, both urban and rural. Primary mission is to show how people can incorporate responsible social justice in to their personal and professional lives. 

KCBX News, Bree Zender

A new food recycling program is starting Monday here on the Central Coast. You’ll be able to put food directly into the green yard waste bins if you have them. Patti Toews from the San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste Management Authority is here to talk with us about it.