Organic waste is paramount in becoming a massive contributor to global warming, “organic waste needs to be managed in a sustainable way to avoid depletion of natural resources, minimise risk to human health, reduce environmental burdens and maintain an overall balance in the eco- system” (Collins, Mark. 2017). Addressing the outrageous effects of food waste on a global scale is devastating. House holds that waste food need to be help accountable for the effects, “wasting food that could have been eaten is not only wasting money, but also damages the environment” (Jacobs, K. 2015). Its important to look at the whole process of food waste starting from the energy used to created and transport the food, “emissions of greenhouse gases during the life cycle of food, including, agriculture, manufacture, packaging, distribution, retail, transport to the home, storage, preparation in the home and waste disposal, is a major undesirable environmental impact of food waste.” (Jacobs, K. 2015).
When developing our App we started an investigation into discovering if this food sharing program had been functioning successfully any where in the world. The University of Illinoi it has an incredible determination to reduce waste in their University housing, with 95% of their food produce coming from their own student farm used by their dining services. They also use an app to manage reducing waste even further around their housing. This food donation program is called Zero Waste. It’s a safe, easy and reliable way to donate surplus food. Zero Percent is a system designed to help businesses move surplus, edible food by posting donations on their app which then goes to the online food donations marketplace. The app notes that “ Every recycling technique may have a role to play depending on the nature and variety of waste and the local situation. The Challenge is to find the most appropriate options to deliver an easy to use service which achieves good environmental outcomes, that is cost effective as well.” (Zero Percent. 2017). The system automatically alerts volunteers at nearby soup kitchens and shelters, through text and email, until it can find one volunteer who accepts to pick up the donation. This Service helped deliver 145,902 meals in to benefit those facing hunger and food uncertainty through the 220 relief agencies that use the food bank serves. The success of the app is an example of how a system can help manage organic waste and also be a good will in the community.
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Viewed 9 June 2017. Zero Percent. 2017 http://www.zeropercent.us/#solution