How to collect and deal with everyday food waste is a tough issue for many countries. Every country has its unique way to dispose food waste. According to figures from Taiwan Environmental Information Center, everyday food waste recycling rate in Taiwan is 35% to 50%, and more than 70% of the recycled food waste will be transferred to piggery as feed. Other recycled food waste will become farmyard manure or be dumped. This is an outstanding performance compared to other countries. According to the U.S. EPA, the food waste recycling rate in the U.S. is only 2.4%, and 97% of the recycled food waste will end up being dumped.
This research is about Taiwan experiences dealing with food waste, and about problems that Taiwan is currently facing. This research hopes that with Taiwan experiences, it can help other countries raise their food waste recycling rate and also offer other countries different ways to dispose food waste.
If people can exploit food waste, people might be able to create a positive effect in the cycle of food, and might be able to strengthen the sustainability of the environment. For example, if people made food waste become animal feed or farmyard manure, people not only could save a lot of earth resources, but also could protect the environment. The environment would be protected because people can save a lot of animal feed from grain, and food waste will not be dumped somewhere anymore.