Conservation Minnesota

Early Flight Recycling Lesson

MSP Airport Moves Mountains of Compost

I was a little bleary eyed this morning as I arrived at my gate at 5:45 am.  But even through my morning pre-caffiene fog, one of the MSP Airport recycling efforts managed to catch my attention.

It turns out that the airport is recycling organic food waste from restaurants and food service.  Waste from airport kitchens is combined with the unwanted scraps from the plates of thousands of customers. This organic material is then loaded into trucks and delivered to a composting site in Rosemount, MN where it is combined with leaves and yard waste to create a compost blend.

When all is said and done, more than ten tons of food waste is composted by the airport each month.  That’s 10 tons of waste put to good use that don’t end up wasting space in a landfill or waste to energy facility.

I put this in the all good news category, until I started asking myself one question.  If ten tons of food is recycled each month, how many tons are actually eaten by people like me?

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About Paul Austin

Paul Austin
Paul Austin has 23 years of public service as an elected leader, advocate and political strategist, Paul Austin brings a rare combination of skills and experience to his position as Executive Director. At age 25, Paul was elected Mayor of Clinton, Connecticut – the youngest in state history. Paul has served as Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota since 2004.
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