The consumer society has created a waste management nightmare, which will get worse with population growth. Disposal of organic waste to landfill is a costly and unpleasant environmental hazard and many authorities have banned it or are setting reduction targets. A leader in the fast-growing waste-to-nutrient recycling industry, AgriProtein is helping tackle the crisis by pioneering technology to up-cycle organic waste into high-protein animal feed, reducing the volume, pollution and cost of landfill.
- The Organic Waste Mountain: Global organic waste will reach one billion tonnes (46 per cent of the 2.2 billion tonnes total) by 2025. (World Bank 2012)
- Waste of Money: The global cost of disposing of organic waste was $94 billion in 2010 and is predicted to rise to $172 billion pa by 2025. (World Bank 2012)
- Space of Waste: If sent to landfill, the organic waste generated in 2025 will cover eight San Franciscos to a depth of 20 metres. (D-Waste 2012)
- US Food Waste: 40 per cent of food in the US goes uneaten. (Natural Resources Defense Council 2013)
- Poisoning the Land: Poorly-managed landfill sites create toxic leachates which poison groundwater and soil. (Greenpeace 2012)
- Methane vs CO2: Food in landfill breaks down into methane, which is 23 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. (Population & Development Review Vol. 8 2002)