Center for EcoTechnology Services

Center for EcoTechnology (CET) offers a variety of services and assistance to businesses and institutions interested in evaluating their waste streams, including resources for reducing, recovering, and diverting waste food.

CET administers RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts (RecyclingWorks), a free technical assistance program funded by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to help MA businesses and institutions maximize food recovery and recycling opportunities. Our experts are available to help your organization navigate the requirements of statewide commercial organics disposal ban and design a sustainable and cost-effective food waste diversion program. To learn more, contact RecyclingWorks at (888) 254-5525, [email protected], or

Across the region, CET also provides no-cost technical assistance to help businesses and institutions reduce and recover wasted food. CET can help you evaluate and quantify the existing food waste at your location, determine whether your organization is likely subject to any organics waste bans, and identify opportunities to reduce wasted food through source reduction, donation, composting, and more. Your organization may be eligible for an in-person or virtual site assessment and customized wasted food diversion program recommendations. To learn more about this assistance, contact CET’s Wasted Food Solutions hotline at (888) 813-8552 or email [email protected].

An upcoming event for Rhode Island Restaurants:
Attention Rhode Island restaurants: You are invited to join a virtual discussion about preventing food waste and recovering surplus food on August 31st at 3:00 -4:00pm, co-hosted by Zero Waste Providence, the City of Providence Office of Sustainability (Sustain PVD), and the Center for EcoTechnology. Keeping food out of the trash can help restaurants cut costs, build employee morale, and respond to customer demands for sustainability practices. Attendees will learn about liability protections and local food rescue organizations that make it safe and easier than ever to donate surplus food, and how to connect with organics haulers that collect inedible scraps for composting, animal feed, or anaerobic digestion. Learn more on Facebook and make sure to register in advance!