This forum is particularly relevant to all businesses and institutions throughout the state of Massachusetts that are subject to the existing commercial organics waste ban, as well as those that would become subject to the following proposed waste ban amendments:
- Lowering the threshold for the commercial organics ban so that it would apply to businesses generating one-half ton or more of food material per week. It currently applies to businesses generating one ton or more of food material per week.
- Adding mattresses and textiles as materials that are banned from disposal in Massachusetts.
In addition to updates from the MassDEP, the US EPA, and RecyclingWorks, attendees will hear from Northeastern University about their work to reduce, donate, and divert wasted food, and their recent successes working with Green Mattress Recycling and other partners to collect 3,000 mattresses from across campus for recycling. Nashoba Brook Bakery in West Concord will describe how they use strategies across the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy, including a partnership with Too Good to Go, one app-based solution provider that helps food business with surplus items connect with customers.