Organic material continues to be the largest component of the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream in the United States1, with a significant portion of the landfilled organic material being food.2 In fact, it is estimated that 40 percent of all food produced for U.S. consumption ends up in our waste stream, which represents an enormous amount of lost resources.3
Not only does organic waste end up in landfills, occupying valuable space, it also releases methane gas, a greenhouse gas 28 times more powerful than CO2.4 At the same time, organic waste can provide a valuable resource to feed the hungry, feed animals or be converted to clean, renewable energy and other valuable products.
The Organic Resource Locator (ORL), developed by NYSP2I, is a web-based mapping tool that provides information on organic waste resources and utilization pathways in New York State. The goal of the Organic Resource Locator is to enable efficient and increased utilization of organic resources by connecting producers of organics with those who have a use for them, diverting a valuable resource from our landfills. NYSP2I hopes this effort will help reduce environmental impacts, promote economic development and encourage the development of green technologies.
- CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations): Simply put, these are agricultural enterprises where a large number of animals are confined to a single site for over 45 days during the year. For the exact definition, visit the USDA website.
- BUD (Beneficial Use Determinations): These are resources that have been approved by the NYSDEC to be used for a specific beneficial application rather than being treated as typical municipal waste. An example of a BUD would be the approved use of dried paper mill sludge as animal bedding.
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This Tool is an interactive resource locator map created in part to identify and help connect organic waste and resource producers with potential waste and resource users. The creation of this tool was funded by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The opinions, results, findings and/or interpretations of the data contained are the responsibility of Rochester Institute of Technology and do not necessarily represent the opinions, interpretations or policy of the State. All data and estimated waste sources are provided in the References document. Generally, the Data was obtained from publicly available sources, standard estimating practices, and individual communications with resource providers. The data is offered here for informational purposes and as a general representation of resource availability in the region.
All parties intending to rely on this information for business or financial commitments should confirm actual resource availability with the individual facilities listed. All business, safety, or legal requirements regarding the reliance on this information or the use, exchange, or transfer of the resources remain the responsibility of the users.
RIT and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, omissions, or timeliness of the information shown and shall not be liable for any loss or injury of any kind resulting from reliance upon the information or through the use of this mapping program. The mention of a commercial business or other organization in this database does not convey official approval, endorsement, or recommendation of any kind by RIT, NYSP2I, or NYSDEC.