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Nation Urged to Cut Food Waste in Half by 2030

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Two government agencies have announced a goal that could serve as a rallying call to reduce tonnages of disposed food.

The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week set a countrywide goal of reducing food waste by 50 percent within the next 15 years. It is the first national goal of its kind, according to the announcement.

Of the 37 million tons of food waste generated by the U.S. in 2013, 35.2 millions, or 95 percent, was sent to landfill, EPA statistics show. The EPA says its recent initiative is an attempt to limit landfilling and improve food security in the U.S.

"Let's feed people, not landfills," said Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator. "By reducing wasted food in landfills, we cut harmful methane emissions that fuel climate change, conserve our natural resources, and protect our planet for future generations."

The EPA and USDA are hoping the public and private sector can help make use of excess food by donating it to charities and other organizations that work to "improve overall food security."

Since 1960, when just over 12 million tons of food waste were generated, food scrap generation has skyrocketed in the U.S. After hitting 23.9 million tons in 1990 and 30.7 million tons in 2000, food waste generation has continued to climb, with 2013's total representing an all-time high.

At the same time, USDA data indicate food insecurity has also risen. In 2000, just over 10 percent of U.S. households were considered food insecure; in 2014 the number rose to 14 percent.

The US Composting Council and six other groups voiced "strong support" for reduction target. In a letter sent to both the USDA and EPA, the groups stated, "This goal, while ambitious, is doable."

While we strongly encourage composting, another easy way to avoid significant damage to the Earth is to recycle at home, work and play. Check out the diverse recycling bin offerings at the Fibrex Group  to see how we can assist your sustainable efforts.

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling - September 22, 2015

Keep Your Tailgate Events Clean with Fibrex Group’s Encore Recycle Boxes

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The fall season is upon us which means football time! Special event staff at universities and colleges throughout the country will have to deal with trash and recycling collection. The recyclable Encore collection boxes are a great budget friendly solution to your needs. Festivals, football tailgating, concerts, weddings and holiday events are all great applications for the Encore Trash and Recycle Boxes!

The Encore Special Event Box is a recycle-friendly trash or recycling container that includes a "multi-function" lid and 55 gallon liner bag. Containers are plain and can be customized with your company logo or event identification sticker.

Please contact the Fibrex Group at 1.800.346.4458 for more info or visit us at

Improve Recycling in PA Schools

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is encouraging educators in Pennsylvania to get their students involved in the Recycle-Bowl competition. Recycle-Bowl is a program designed to invigorate student participation in recycling through a national K-12 recycling competition.

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization, has announced registration will begin on Aug. 3. Go to to register.

The objectives of the competition include: new recycling programs established within schools, the increase of recycling in schools that currently recycle and the provision of teacher/student educational opportunities about recycling and waste reduction.

The Recycle-Bowl competition begins Oct. 19 and runs through Nov. 15.

“The Recycle Bowl offers a fun way to introduce or expand recycling programs within our schools. Encouraging students to recycle will emphasize the importance of recycling elsewhere,” said Shannon Reiter, president of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “We are grateful to Keep America Beautiful for providing this resource to our local schools.”

For information on recycling containers for schools, contact The Fibrex Group.

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