Taco Bell plans to recycle used sauce packets

Agriculture

I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

The hunger crisis is growing in several parts of the world. A new report from the World Food Program says the number of hungry people in Central America has nearly quadrupled over the last two years. The pandemic, along with devastating hurricanes has left millions without an income and many of them are planning to migrate. The WFP reports nearly 8 million people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua are food insecure. That’s up from 2.2 million in 2018. Right now, more than a million are classified in the emergency category for food security and require urgent food assistance for their survival.

Tuesday is 4-20 the unofficial day that celebrates cannabis. And experts say the business of legal pot is spreading rapidly. It’s reported cannabis sales are experiencing strong growth and could even breach the 20-billion dollar mark this year.

Taco Bell is working on a plan to recycle used sauce packets. The fast-food company says it plans to give the packets a quote “spicier second life that doesn’t involve a landfill”. It is partnering with a recycling company called “Terracycle”. It hasn’t released how the program will work…but says participation will involve free shipping. Taco Bell says more than eight billion sauce packets are used every year in the U.S. alone.

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