Even more than plastic and paper, food waste is filing up trash cans in the United States and becoming a problem across the world.
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, discarded food worth nearly $165 billion annually is rotting in municipal landfills. This costs cities and businesses billions more in waste management expense. Now, however, there's an app for that.
"A lot of technology is developed to address trivial problems such as photo sharing, chatting or dating," said Tony Vu, the CEO of MintScraps, in an interview. The company run by Vu has pioneered a web-based application to help businesses measure and reduce waste.
The subscription service can be downloaded from the MintScraps site. Based on user input, the program provides a weekly report about recycling, composting and trashing. Currently MintScraps is being used in five of the eateries run by restaurateur and celebrity chef Mario Batali in New York City. Those restaurants are part of the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG).
"A restaurant can input the data into the web app and the program is designed to calculate the cost of waste and provide savings recommendations," he said.
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