Nationwide, about 3% of all food scraps are diverted from landfills and turned into engery. About 30 million tons of food waste go to landfills annually. The East Bay Municipal Utility District, located in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area, is turning food waste into renewable energy. It started by using waste-water to capture methane gas. In 2001, it began collecting waste from local wineries, dairies, and chicken processors. Then in 2004, it began to collect food scraps from restaurants and hotels. Now, the plant processes an average of 12-25 tons of food scraps per day and has a goal of converting about 200 tons of waste each day. This food waste strategy makes the San Francisco Bay Area qualify as one of the areas with the least amount of compostable materials that end up in their landfills.
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