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NEWMOA supports two efforts focused on food waste:

  • Promoting Strategies to Keep Food Waste Out of Landfills through technical assistance and training to reduce the generation of wasted food by households, promote backyard composting, and evaluate the feasibility of food rescue and donation in rural areas of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Project funded by the USDA.
  • Since 2013, facilitating a Food Waste Workgroup to:
    • Support regional discussion of emerging food waste issues and state regulatory and policy developments
    • Coordinate and hold information-sharing and training events to address policy, regulatory, and technical challenges
    • Conduct research and analysis
    • Provide support for state program implementation
    • Assist state programs with specific projects
    Funded by NEWMOA's members and support from the U.S. EPA.

NEWMOA's Workgroup prepared a summary of available Food Waste Calculators that it periodically updates as new calculators become available.

Why Focus on Food Waste?

Organic wastes are a significant portion of the municipal solid waste (MSW) stream. U.S. EPA has estimated that in 2011 the organics components of MSW were:

  • Paper and paperboard (28 percent of total MSW)
  • Food scraps (14.5 percent of total MSW)
  • Yard trimmings (13.5 percent of total MSW)

The food waste component, in particular, presents unique management challenges for state and local governments. There are significant opportunities to promote waste reduction and increase diversion of these materials from disposal in landfills and incinerators. The technologies for converting these wastes to energy through AD are rapidly improving, and there is growing interest in expanding composting capacity in the northeast. State environmental agencies in the region have been receiving applications for new AD and composting operations. The agencies are working with local governments and waste haulers to address challenges with food waste and other organic waste collection and storage.

NEWMOA is an endorser of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge Program and supports EPA's Food Recovery Hierarchy.

For more information, contact Terri Goldberg at .



Last Modified 02/02/2018

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