Food: the final fontier

Since the City of Modesto, Calif., expanded its Food and Organic Waste Recycling Program, known as FORK, from residential to commercial collections in 2008, restaurants, food purveyors, hospitals, and other businesses have recycled 2,944 tons. The city composts 65,000 tons per year into fertilizer, earning a 17% credit toward its state-mandated diversion requirement. Photos: Nick Giron Photography

Any business operating within the city limits of Modesto, Calif., gets free training, display materials/visual instructions, and up to five 23-gallon Rubbermaid Slim Jim containers for use in their kitchens to help employees sort correctly. They empty the bins into a dedicated front-load dumpster outside.

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