Food waste is disposed of as garbage, compost, and recycling. Notably, food waste is created in all sectors of the food system. Producers generate food waste when they are unable to harvest or sell all the crops, processors rarely use every piece of the product processed, markets dispose of unsold food, and consumers do not eat everything purchased. Waste facilities vary in size and may be publicly or privately owned.

Annual Food Waste Composition:


Where Does Our Food End Up?

The Onondaga County Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan has provided the framework for solid waste management since the early 1990’s. The plan places Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCCRA), a public benefit corporation, as the primary waste management facility in Onondaga County. The organization manages composting, recycling, and trash from all sectors of the food system. Food scraps are composted from homes, restaurants, food processors, grocery stores, schools, and workplaces.

The flaw of agriculture is that it’s been so successful but created a lot of waste. We harvest more, faster, but generate more waste in doing so.

Waste Manager, North Syracuse, NY