25
Feb

The ORCA: A new solution to food waste management

For a lot of us, food waste has become an afterthought. From leftover dinner scraps to a simple orange peel, our immediate response is to throw these things in the garbage. We don't bother to consider where it goes or how it impacts the environment because it no longer becomes our problem. "Out of sight, of mind," one would say.

But, North America and the world are waking up to a very large and very real problem that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later: managing food waste. A recent report from Value Chain Management International found that "[more] than $31 billion worth of food is wasted every year in Canada and when energy, water and other resource costs are factored in the true cost could be up to three times that much."

Where does all this food waste go? Into our local landfills where organic food waste produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Even worse, landfills are a major source of human-related methane in the United States, accounting for more than 20 per cent of all methane emissions." It was unsustainable waste management practices and staggering numbers like these that made us wonder how we could divert this regular flow of food waste at the source, allowing organizations to reduce their environmental impact while making their daily operations more sustainable. It was from these notions that the Organic Refuse Conversion Alternative came to be. Or, as we like to call it: the ORCA.

Designed to eliminate organic food waste at its source by turning it into earth-friendly water, the ORCA is the perfect solution to our current food waste problem. When you turn your food waste into water with the ORCA, you help to reduce the number of Co2-producing garbage trucks on the road, reducing the amount of organic food waste being brought to landfills, which in turn helps to curb the amount of potential methane-producing waste in our landfills. Simply put, the ORCA can help your organization become an environmentally conscious corporate citizen. To learn how the ORCA can help your organization achieve its current and future sustainability goals, contact us at [contact email] or 1.855.355.ORCA (6722).

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/food-waste-costs-canada-31b-a-year-report-says-1.2869708
http://www.epa.gov/foodrecovery/