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Residential Food Scrap Collection


Think you are alone in seeking to compost residential food scrap? Think again! A number of municipalities in the US that are already doing food scrap collection; this section provides a general overview of how many households and residents currently participate.

Statistics regarding curbside pickup of food waste:

BioCycle magazine has been conducting surveys on residential food scrap collection for several years, leading the way in both tracking this sector and promoting its growth. The results of BioCycle’s most recent survey (2012 data) revealed the following statistics and trends:

  • Communities with curbside food scrap collection: about 200
  • Households currently served by curbside food scrap collection: over 2.55 million
  • Currently 18 states have municipalities collecting residential food scraps
  • Largest number of programs in the West, in part due to the “ease” of adding food scraps to an existing cart-based yard debris program(versus starting from scratch)

For a complete list of municipalities, including data on the number of households per community, types of food scraps collected, and interviews with program leaders, download the full report at BioCycle’s website.

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