Week Two Learning Team Assignment

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Week Two Learning Team Assignment

M. Christen Fraley, Darrell Jones, and Nadia Moreno

Brenau University

Week Two Learning Team Assignment

Everyday, throughout the world, restaurants throw away large amounts of uneaten food. Public Health laws prevent them from re-serving or reusing this food, and, for similar reasons, they cannot simply give it away to hungry people. We opted to review this as our messy situation due to the impact that this has on people and the environment.

Response and Revision

The issue of food waste could be improved should all restaurants and food services participate in a composting program. Having an effective composting program would help reduce solid waste disposal fees and
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An educational campaign should be launched to inform and encourage new behaviors. All consumers should be shown the benefit of composting versus traditional disposal methods. Once consumers have been properly educated, encouraging participation is key. This would include providing a composting method for waste to be properly composted. The food recycling program would provide the means for all associates to begin composting donations rather than disposing via trash receptacles. Food compost bins should be provided in any food service industry to allow for proper disposal of waste. Companies should locate composting facilities and begin distributing food waste to said facilities rather than traditional trash disposal services. If possible and practical, companies should work to create their own composting stations.

True success will be measured when all food service companies send their food materials for composting. As output is measured, immediate improvement cannot be expected, but steady and sustained increases in the amount of food waste sent to compost is expected. Tonnage is the most consistent way to measure improvement.

There is also the important element of rewarding improved behaviors. Companies should provide composting initiatives to their employees. Companies can be rewarded with government incentives for implementation and maintenance of the composting problems.

As a case study for success, consider Middlebury College in
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