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What policies determine success for food-waste recycling programs?

Scrapes of food account for 22 percent of municipal solid waste deposited in landfills or incinerators in the U.S., diverting that waste into composting and soil enrichment programs could have a significant effect on our environment.

In a new article drawn from one of the first national studies in the field, an interdisciplinary MIT team led by Lily Baum Pollans (DUSP PhD '17), Jonathan Krones (Phd candidate, MIT Engineering Systems Division), and Eran Ben-Joseph (Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Department Head of DUSP), examine the key characteristics of regions with food recycling, to highlight how policy, economic, and social factors impact the success of food recycling.

To read more about their findings check out coverage by MIT News here and then be sure to read the full article, "Patterns in municipal food scrap programming in mid-sized U.S. cities," here

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