Food Waste – Regulations in Massachusetts
Statewide ban on commercial and institutional on organics waste over 1 ton/week
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) introduced recently regulations on recycling to control the solid food waste. A solid food waste ban started on January 2014 for any food-service operation that generates over one ton in organics waste per week – public schools, colleges & universities, hospitals, restaurants and other industries could be affected. Fines for violating these regulations for the first time range from $860 - $1,725.
The goal of this ban is, not only to recycle organics waste, but also to reduce it. For more information on organics waste, please visit http://www.massrecycle.org.
Here are some facts on Food Waste mentioned by Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs: (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/reduce/trimming-the-fat-cutting-costs-by-reducing-food-waste.html)
- Wasted foods generate over 800,000 tons of waste every year in Massachusetts.
- There could be a big savings to an entity by recycling organics.
- Possible tax deduction benefits for donating food to charitable organizations.
- Reduce the number of landfills in Massachusetts.
So, it’s time to get serious about managing organics waste; waste producers must implement their plans as soon as they can, rather than waiting for the last moment.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) reported: "about one-third of all food produced worldwide, worth around US$1 trillion, gets lost or wasted in food production and consumption systems." http://www.worldfooddayusa.org/food_waste_the_facts