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    Animal Feed

    Diversion Potential:
    49K Tons

    Economic Value Per Ton:
    $-52

    GHGs Reduced:
    34K Tons

    Jobs Created:
    0 Jobs

    Definition

    Feeding food waste to animals after it is heat treated and dehydrated and either mixed with dry feed or directly fed

    Challenges

    • Hog and cattle farmers can substitute treated food waste for commercial feeds to reduce costs.
    • The vast majority of waste appropriate for use in animal feed is already being used.
    • Expensive dewatering and treatment equipment is needed at a transfer station to process mixed food scraps into something appropriate for animals, according to our interview with a national food waste logistics company.
    • Finding locations with proximity to large generators as well as large animal production operations is tough, according to our interview with a national food waste logistics company.

    Stakeholder Actions

    • Entrepreneurs and waste haulers could create a dynamic network to match food waste generators with nearby farms.
    • New research into animal nutrition may unlock additional potential, as most livestock managers seek feed sources with consistent nutritional qualities to ensure a balanced diet.

    Examples & Resources

    • Sandwich Me In, a Chicago restaurant, sends food scrap waste to local chickens and then serves the eggs from the chickens to close the loop.

    • Quest Resource manages Walmart's waste stream and is able to send 60% of Walmart's organic waste to animal feed, due to a high number of store locations that are close to rural areas.

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