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CET implements and strengthens waste reduction programs for businesses and institutions of all sizes with a proven track record of success. We can assist your business in setting up or improving existing recycling and composting programs.

Wasted Food Solutions

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CET is deeply knowledgeable about the marketplace and helps food businesses work across the EPA food recovery hierarchy to identify prevention, recovery, and diversion solutions, seamlessly integrating them into existing operations. CET conducts an on-site or virtual meeting to learn more about a business and its unique needs, then provides a customized report with recommendations, all at no cost to the business or institution.

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  • CET acts as a catalyst to accelerate the development of a vibrant marketplace to divert wasted food from the commercial and institutional sectors.
  • We have been a leader in the opens in a new windowwasted food reduction and diversion movement for more than 20 years, implementing some of the first wasted food composting programs in the country, and contributing to effective public policy.
  • We believe that better managing wasted food is critical in order to address climate change, feed more hungry people, and grow our economy.

Center for EcoTechnology Tools

These resources were originally developed by the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) under contract to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) as part of MassDEP’s RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts program. CET has modified these documents to remove Massachusetts-specific information so that they can be applied region-wide.

  • opens in a new windowSource Separation Guidance
    • The Source Separation Guidance document was developed with health officials for health officials. It is intended to provide best practices for acceptable handling, storage, and hauling of this material, and to assist health agents that may be unfamiliar with wasted food separation for composting.
  • opens in a new windowFood Donation Guidance
    • This document is intended to provide guidance to organizations interested in establishing food donation programs by offering a broad overview of how successful food donation programs should be structured.

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RecyclingWorks in MA Tools

These resources were developed by the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) under contract to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) as part of MassDEP’s RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts program. Although these documents reference the state of Massachusetts, they are public documents and may be applicable region-wide.

  • opens in a new windowFood Waste Estimator Tool
    • RecyclingWorks has compiled industry data from published reports and studies, which can be used as guidance for facilities with little to no current wasted food diversion programs in place. Select the industry category that best fits your business or institution to start estimating your wasted food today.

Additional Resources for You

  • opens in a new windowReFED
    • This collaboration of businesses, nonprofits, foundations, and government leaders is dedicated to reducing wasted food in the U.S. by 50 percent by 2030. In March 2016, ReFED released the  opens in a new windowRoadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Wasteopens PDF file , an economic study of wasted food aimed at providing a feasible guide for action. It features 27 of the most cost-effective ways to reduce wasted food based on societal economic value, business profit potential, and other non-financial impacts.
    • ReFED’s  opens in a new windowFood Waste Innovator Database maps commercial and nonprofit entities that are working in the food waste innovation sector. The 350+ entities are mapped by geography and solution type.
  • opens in a new windowFurther With Food
    • Comprehensive information about food loss and waste in the United States and the solutions dedicated to reducing it. This virtual resource center offers a broad spectrum of users – such as businesses, government entities, investors, NGOs, academics, and individuals – a platform to find and share information about proven solutions and innovative new approaches to reduce the volume of surplus food generated, feed hungry people, and divert food and scraps to the highest beneficial use.
  • opens in a new windowSave the Food
    • The Natural Resources Defense Council has partnered with the Ad Council to develop a host of resources to help communities and individuals address the important issue of wasted food.
  • opens in a new windowFeeding America
    • Feeding America provides a directory of more than 200 food banks nationally, as well as research and reporting on hunger across the United States.
  • Food Rescue US
    • Food Rescue US is made up of individuals and nonprofit organizations who provide for food insecure individuals and families.
  • opens in a new windowFood Waste Reduction Alliance: Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Guideopens PDF file
    • This toolkit was developed to help guide companies through the basic steps in wasted food reduction. Included are sections on how to get started, as well as suggestions for identifying a range of solutions.
    • FWRA has undertaken assessments of the volume of wasted food being produced by each member sector – manufacturing, retail, and food-service. It has also developed recommended emerging solutions and best practices for food manufacturers, retailers, and food-service operators.

Additional Resources for You

Watch this short video to learn how we approach wasted food marketplace development across the country and visit our Wasted Food Solutions website to learn more.

Massachusetts State Waste Programs

RecyclingWorks and THE GREEN TEAM  are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and administered by CET.

opens in a new windowRecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is a recycling assistance program designed to help businesses and institutions maximize recycling, reuse, and composting opportunities.

RecyclingWorks is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and delivered by CET with the following services:

Call: (888) 254-5525opens phone dialer   Email:  info@recyclingworksma.comcreate new email

opens in a new windowTHE GREEN TEAM is an interactive educational program for K-12 schools and empowers students and teachers to help the environment through waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, and pollution prevention.

  • GREEN TEAM participants receive educational tools, such as a classroom poster, lesson plans, recycling tips and suggested activities.
  • Participating classes receive certificates of recognition and are eligible to win awards.
  • opens in a new windowREGISTER TODAY!

Call: (888) 254-5525opens phone dialer   Email:  recycle@thegreenteam.org

Connecticut Waste Assistance

CET has helped many businesses and institutions in Connecticut learn more about food recovery and wasted food diversion opportunities. When it comes to preventing and diverting a wide range of materials from disposal, we can offer no-cost support! We help a range of businesses, from those that are just getting started to those who want to take their existing efforts to the next level.

Whether you’re looking to reduce wasted food, or just your waste in general, we can help.

According to ReFED, in 2019 U.S. businesses generated approximately 50 million tons of surplus food – the equivalent of 80 billion meals, representing a $244 billion loss across the food service, retail, manufacturing, and farm sectors. We provide waste reduction solutions for Connecticut businesses!

  • Save Money
  • Make Your Business More Sustainable
  • Receive Free Personalized Support

We provide easy, practical solutions:

  • Consult with an expert at no cost to you
  • Receive customized recommendations
  • Implement solutions with continued free support

Call: 888-410-3827opens phone dialer  Email: reducewastect@cetonline.org

These resources were made possible through a contract with CET and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

  • opens in a new windowFood Donation by Connecticut Schools Guidelines and Resources
    • CET, in collaboration with Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Department of Public Health, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, and others, developed a guidance document for Connecticut schools on opportunities to donate food internally through share tables as well as externally to food banks and charitable organizations. The document consolidates federal and state regulations, including information on liability protection, health codes, and more.

New York Waste Assistance

Rethink Food Waste NY provides food waste solutions for New York businesses, municipalities, organic recyclers, food relief organizations, and others. We offer no-cost consultations with food waste experts, customized recommendations for your organization, and continued free support through the implementation process.

Whether you’re looking to reduce wasted food, or just your waste in general, we can help.

According to ReFED, in 2019 U.S. businesses generated approximately 50 million tons of surplus food – the equivalent of 80 billion meals, representing a $244 billion loss across the food service, retail, manufacturing, and farm sectors. We provide waste reduction solutions for  New Y0rk businesses!

  • Save Money
  • Make Your Business More Sustainable
  • Receive Free Personalized Support

We provide easy, practical solutions:

  • Consult with an expert at no cost to you
  • Receive customized recommendations
  • Implement solutions with continued free support

Call: 866-306-0911opens phone dialer  Email: RethinkFoodWasteNY@cetonline.org.

These resources were made possible through a contract with CET and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

  • Effective January 1, 2022, New York will enforce the  opens in a new windowFood Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Law. This law requires businesses that generate at least 2 tons of food waste per week and are within 25 miles of an organics recycling facility, such as a compost site, anaerobic digester facility, or animal feed operation, to recycle organic material. This law also instructs all designated food scraps generators to donate surplus edible food for human consumption to the extent possible. Healthcare facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes, and elementary and secondary schools are excluded from the requirements of the law. Beginning in March 2023, generators are required to submit an annual report that includes the amount of food donated and recycled, as well as the organics recyclers and transporters used. Designated food scraps generators may apply for a temporary waiver from these requirements if they can demonstrate undue hardship.
  • The New York City Commercial Organics Recycling Mandate ( opens in a new windowLocal Law 146) states that as of July 1, 2015, specific large-scale generators are mandated to arrange recycling or to employ department-approved methods to process the materials themselves. NYC’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse, and Recycling is responsible for enforcing the law. The  opens in a new windowCommercial Organic Recycling Mandate, created by  opens in a new windowThe Institute for Local Self-Reliance, outlines those organic waste generators that are required to comply. In early 2018, New York City Department of Sanitation adopted and published the  opens in a new windowfinal rule related to expansion of the commercial organics recycling mandate which will take effect in August 2018.
  • opens in a new windowBenefit-Cost Analysis of Potential Food Waste Diversion Legislation Reportopens PDF file
    • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) released a report analyzing the potential benefits of requiring facilities that are generating at least two tons of food waste per week, and located outside of New York City and within 50 miles of a food waste management facility, to donate their edible food or send food scraps to organic processing facilities. The report depicts an anticipated benefit of up to $22 million annually and a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Recycling Fluorescent Lamps & Mercury Products

Fluorescent bulbs are energy efficient, using one-quarter of the energy to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb, but they also contain mercury and should be handled and recycled safely. In Massachusetts, all fluorescent bulbs are required to be recycled by law. Other common mercury-containing devices include older thermostats, thermometers, and barometers.

We can help you safely dispose of your fluorescent bulbs and other mercury-containing products!

  • The MassDEP has a statewide listing of locations to safely recycle these products
  • For more information about the effects of mercury, safe alternatives and procedures for spills, see our handout Mercury in the Environmentopens PDF file (pdf) or this MassDEP page.
  • The Thermostat Recycling Corporation offers free mercury-containing thermostat recycling, reporting, and compliance assistance.
  • The Center for EcoTechnology has been helping businesses, institutions and municipalities cost-effectively find proper lamp recycling options for almost a decade.  We are available to help your business effectively manage these materials through support from Covanta Energy. Please contact us for assistance.

Call: (413) 586-7350 opens phone dialer  Email:  cet@cetonline.org