KUT recently aired an interesting segment about the state of composting in Austin, at both the private and public levels. The federal government has set a goal of a 50 percent reduction in food waste by 2030, and Austin appears poised to meet the challenge (in the last 2 1/2 years, the City's pilot composting pickup program has picked up the equivalent of 1,500 killer whales - about 9,000 tons - in rotting food!). The local company Compost Pedallers - a compost pickup and delivery team, done all with bicycles - has collected roughly 400,000 pounds of compost since 2012. With the City of Austin soon rolling out a mandatory program, requiring all businesses with a food permit to have a food waste plan - whether composting or donating - in place by October 2018, this is a big issue for Austin's food scene. Click here to read or listen to KUT's story.
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