WasteWise Spring Forum: Helping More Businesses Waste Less
By Matt Brodeur, Green Business Fellow
Photos Courtesy of Ben Coe
RecyclingWorks organizes the WasteWise Forums which take place in the spring and fall each year and span a range of solid waste, recycling, and food waste topics for businesses and institutions. The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) administers RecyclingWorks, a MassDEP funded program which assists businesses and institutions with establishing recycling and composting programs.
Attendees learned about innovative food recovery practices happening across the state and at individual businesses and institutions. John Fischer, Branch Chief, Commercial Waste Reduction & Waste Planning at the MassDEP, started the forum by noting the increased capacity to process food waste due to anaerobic digestion and food depackaging.
A food recovery panel headlined the forum and shared their expertise on wasted food initiatives such as reducing the amount of food wasted, food donation programs, and composting. The panel included representatives from Gillette Stadium, Whole Foods, UMass Dartmouth, and Patriot Place.
Presentations from the forum are available on the RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts website. For assistance starting a food recovery program, contact the RecyclingWorks hotline at (888) 254-5525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out some photos of CET staff at the event!