On Wednesday, I told you about cooking inside compost. One of the ingredients in many compost piles is food, and in essence, cooking with the heat generated from a compost pile is turning those food scraps into fuel.

The waste that we generate from making food and beverages can be turned into many different types of fuel. I came across this infographic on turning food waste into fuel from the RWL Water Group the other day on the always informative Wasted Food blog and thought it was worth sharing.

Food Waste to Energy Infographic
Source: RWL Water Group

Biofuel, biogas, biodiesel, ethanol…. all from what may typically be sent to landfills or make its way into our waterways. When you think about the fact that in the U.S. about 40 percent of the corn we grow is used for ethanol when we could be creating fuel from food waste instead, it’s thought provoking. We could be using that land to grow sustainable crops for human consumption and creating fuel from food waste instead of corn grown specifically for fuel.

Think that sounds undoable? It’s not. In Sweden, they have a very efficient waste to energy program, so efficient that they’ve actually run out of waste. Sweden has been forced to import garbage from Norway to create fuel.

Why isn’t that the U.S? If we’re the leaders of the world, why aren’t leading the way in turning trash into fuel?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Food waste should be used for fuel
A thought-provoking infographic explains how we could be turning our food waste into fuel.