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					       Seattle
Food Recovery Initiative
     40% to 50%
of Food is Never Eaten
The Seattle Garbage Train
In 2005 Seattle shipped 485,910 tons of
garbage in 18,000 railcars 330 miles
to a landfill in Eastern Oregon.




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  25% of Seattle’s Solid Waste
           is Food
Each year Seattle disposes of enough
food to fill 4,482 railcars, which would
form a train 42 miles long.




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                      Waste Stream Composition Studies

 330 miles
Food is the largest single component
in Seattle’s solid waste stream.

The chart below shows changes in commercial
waste disposal from 1988 to 2004
                 90,000

                 80,000

                 70,000
                                                                        Paper
                 60,000
 Tons Disposed




                                                                        Plastic
                                                                        Glass
                 50,000
                                                                        Metal
                                                                        Organics
                 40,000
                                                                        Other Materials
                 30,000                                                 CDL Wastes
                                                                        Hazardous
                 20,000

                 10,000

                      -
                          1988/89   1992       1996       2000   2004
                                           Study Period

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The Food Component of Commercial Waste
         2004 Waste Stream Composition Study
             Food Component: 64,581 Tons

                                Hazardous
                                            Fines &
                        CDL Wastes 0.7%
                                         Misc Materials
                          10.3%
                                             2.0%
 Appliances & Electronics                            Paper
          2.0%                                       26.6%


             Food
             29.9%
                                               Plastic
                                               12.5%

                    Other Organics   Metal   Glass
                        7.5%         4.7%    3.8%




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                  Food Waste Trends

                Commercial Food Waste
                     1996-2004
       70,000
       60,000
                                        64,581
       50,000               56,352      29.9%
Tons




       40,000                25%
                42,933
       30,000
                22.2%
       20,000
       10,000
           0

                1996        2000        2004

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  Food Waste Sources
  2004 Commercial Waste Stream Composition Study
              5.3 Composition by Generator Type
Hotel/Motel         Food                             46.90%
                    Mixed Low Grade Paper            24.40%
Retail              Food                             35.20%
                    Unwaxed OCC/Kraft Paper           8.60%
Education           Food                             32.90%
                    Compostable/Soiled Paper         19.10%
Mixed               Food                             31.00%
                    Compostable/Soiled Paper          7.00%
Health Care         Food                             22.70%
                    Medical Wastes                   13.70%
Transportation      Food                             22.00%
                    Pallets                          11.20%
Office              Food                             20.50%
                    Compostable/Soiled Paper         16.60%
Other Services      Food                             16.70%
                    Furniture                         7.70%
Manufacturing       Paper/Other Materials            22.70%
                    Food                             14.80%
CDL                 Sand/Soil/Dirt                   16.20%
                    Rock/Concrete/Brick              11.10%
Wholesale           Carpet/Upholstery                20.80%
                    Unwaxed OCC/Kraft Paper          10.40%
Notes: 1) Food was the largest component for 8 generator
types; 2) Food was the only component represented in the top
ten for all 11 generator types.

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                  Seattle Food Recovery Initiative


March 23, 2006

Salvaging food to feed the hungry
By Sanjay Bhatt
Seattle Times staff reporter

Page Tulloch, a driver for the Food Lifeline, hauls
His cart out to his delivery truck with more than 400
pounds of donated food from the QFC on Holman
Road Northwest in North Seattle.

Food-bank truck driver Page Tulloch struck gold
Wednesday inside a Seattle grocery's stockroom:
About 300 pounds of frozen turkeys, sausages and
other meats — prized commodities that food banks
typically struggle to provide the hungry.

Up until recently, groceries with unsold but still
usable produce, bakery goods, dairy products and
meats have had to pay someone to haul it to a landfill
because Food Lifeline, Western Washington's largest
food-bank supplier, didn't have the freezer space to
guarantee its safety.



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The Emergency Food System




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     Barriers to Food Rescue

             Food Donors:
             • Concerns about liability
             • Need for reliable collection service
             • Lack of storage space
             • Uncertainty about where to donate

Hunger Agencies:
• Lack of ability to provide transportation
• Lack of storage, especially refrigeration
• Lack of resource to recruit donors




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                Putting Hunger on the Map

HungerMaps is a nonprofit organization devoted to enabling information
  exchange for the global community of organizations working to end hunger:
• Focus on mapping and data tools
• HungerMaps mapping software is free to use at http://hungermaps.org
• 65 organizations in 29 states are using HungerMaps




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                    The Seattle Hunger Map
                    www.hungermaps.org/seattle
The Seattle Hunger Map
was created to facilitate
linkages between
potential donors and food
banks and meal
programs in the city.

The map currently
includes 29 hunger
agencies interested in
receiving increased
donations of perishable
foods.
The website also
provides information on
food safety and donation
procedures.

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                Seattle Hunger Map Navigation


     Seattle Hunger Map

• Red markers indicate food
  banks, green markers indicate
  meal programs.

• Works likes every other
  Google Map with zooming and
  scrolling.

• Markers on the map can be
  clicked for detailed information.




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Seattle Hunger Map Information Sheets
 Selecting “click here for more information” opens a new window
 with details for arranging food donations for the selected agency.




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Seattle Hunger Map List of Agencies

  Selecting “List of Agencies” from the left sidebar opens
contact information for all the hunger agencies on the map.




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Seattle Hunger Map Food Donation Information
     Additional documents with food donation information can be
       downloaded by clicking on the links in the left sidebar.




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Possible Next Steps for the Seattle Hunger Map

The Seattle Hunger Map provides an approachable interface that can serve as
  the basis for next-generation information tools:

 Food logistics, demand planning,         Blogs and RSS feeds to inform
 and supply network optimization          the community on relevant news.




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Possible Next Steps for the Seattle Hunger Map

HungerMaps mapping software is flexible, allowing for potential enhancements
  such as:

  Shaded demographics showing             Interactive layers allowing
  poverty, population density etc.        users to customize maps.




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Possible Next Steps for the Seattle Hunger Map

  Other opportunities include mapping additional food resources in the city,
 such as this map of Vancouver, BC farmers markets & community gardens.




                                         West End
                                                Downtown
                                                              Strathcona          Hastings-Sunrise

       West Point Grey    Kitsilano
                                          Fairview      Mount Pleasant


                         Arbutus-Ridge                                          Renfrew-Collingwood
                                                        Riley Park
           Dunbar-Southlands

                                             Oakridge
                           Kerrisdale
                                                              Sunset Victoria-Fraserview
                                                                                       Killarney
                                           Marpole




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       For More Information




To learn more about donating surplus food to local
       food banks and meal programs see:
              Seattle Hunger Map

     Or visit the Resource Venture website:
           Food too Good to Waste


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