Do food scraps help or hurt landfills?



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    Food scraps hurt landfills by taking up valuable space for organic nutrients that are valuable and should not be sealed up, contaminated along with other dissimilar materials. Food scraps should be separated out and composted if at all possible.

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    It usually depends, but food scraps hurt landfills. About 40% of all food produced is not eaten, so food makes up about 17% of what goes into landfills. That’s a lot of rotting food, which actually contributes to global warming. When food decomposes, it emits methane, which is a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more destructive to the environment than carbon dioxide. Landfills are the primary method of methane emissions in the US. Not only that, wet food leads to groundwater contamination.

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