BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The United States Environmental Protection Agency says that after paper, food makes up the largest volume of waste in landfills. In an effort to reduce food waste, 23 New England universities and colleges are joining together for the EPA Food Recovery Challenge.
By joining the challenge, campuses pledge to reduce, donate, and recycle as much of their excess food as possible. The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor is no stranger when it comes to reducing food waste. For 40 years, the College of the Atlantic has been composting organic matter that is left over from meals throughout the day. The compost is then used in their community garden. When it comes to food waste, it's the big picture that matters most to his school and his students, said College of the Atlantic president Darron Collins.
The 23 schools in the challenge doubles the participation from past years. The partnership looks to reduced the 1.64 million