A Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Food Residuals Diversion


Twelve percent – or more than 800,000 tons – of the waste sent to Georgia landfills each year is food waste, with approximately 48% of this coming from the greater Atlanta area, according to a statewide waste characterization study completed in 2005. This represents the largest single category of solid waste going into the state’s landfills.

To explore ideas for keeping food waste from entering our landfills, EPD convened a meeting of stakeholders in November 2006. This group identified barriers to diverting food waste in metro Atlanta, discussed how to overcome the barriers, and prioritized potential projects.

The projects include training local elected officials on composting and the permitting process and sponsoring a compost business investment forum.

Partners in the projects include: Georgia Recycling Coalition, Department of Community Affairs, Pollution Prevention Assistance Division, Army Installation Management Command, ERTH Products, Community Environmental Management, Atlanta Recycles, CWS, Emory University, University of Georgia Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department and The Coca-Cola Company.

The projects were funded through a Resource Conservation Challenge grant awarded to EPD by US EPA in 2007. 

From the Table to the Farm: Options for Diverting Food from Landfills

This day-long conference on May 6, 2008 explored the many options available for reducing the amount of food sent to landfills, including source reduction, procurement changes, food rescue/donation and composting. The conference was sponsored by GA EPD, the Georgia Recycling Coalition, The Coca-Cola Company and US EPA Region 4. Press Release  


Compost 101

This December 2007 workshop covered composting basics. Sponsors included GA EPD, the North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance (NCDPPEA), the Carolina Recycling Association and US EPA Region 4. Brian Rosa from NCDPPEA taught the course using the Yes You CAN*! (*Compost & Naturescape) manual.   

General Compost Presentation - Georgia Department of Agriculture

Tools and Resources