Composting Facilities By Type
According to a more recent BioCycle survey, completed in 2019, there are 185 full-scale food waste composting facilities located in 37 states across the U.S. These full-scale commercial/municipal facilities, as defined by BioCycle, are “equipped to receive and process organic waste streams arriving by truckload volumes from generators and haulers on a year round basis.”
Number of full-scale facilities in the U.S. taking food waste
What Composters Accept
allowed to accept under permit type
feedstocks – all organic waste streams
The charts above show that “Compostable paper products” and “Compostable plastic products” are permitted and accepted at full-scale food scraps facilities over 50% of the time, which is a positive metric when trying to assess the future viability of programs that accept and process both food scraps and packaging.
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