Are you interested in understanding the impacts of your food waste on the overall environment? The Environmental Protection Agency’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM) is a tool that helps solid waste planners track and report greenhouse gas emissions and energy savings from different waste management practices. WARM generates an incremental difference of 266 per 1,000 tons based on Love Food Not Waste inputs (i.e. “Mixed Organics). This figure represents the difference in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between composting rather than landfilling.
Calculated using archived hauling data, a prototypical gallon of food waste in Eugene weighs 2.56 pounds. Using hauler prescribed bin sizes and the aforementioned weight estimates, the Love Food Not Waste Calculator calculates the weight of a prototypical bin pick up and applies the incremental difference emissions factor yielding the total MTCO2E emissions.
Use the tool to figure out how much waste you create on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis. From there, you will be able to see what the equivalency is in terms of driving a certain amount of miles.