WasteWise Spring Forum: Helping More Businesses Waste Less

By Matt Brodeur, Green Business Fellow

Photos Courtesy of Ben Coe

On May 9, Gillette Stadium hosted RecyclingWorks in MA, MassDEP, and US EPA for the WasteWise Spring Forum on food recovery across the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy.

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.

Bronson Green, Site Operations Manager for Gillette Stadium

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 info@recyclingworksma.com.

Check out some photos of CET staff at the event!

CET Staff from left to right: Jae McAuley, Shomita Bhattacharya, Matt Brodeur, Emma Sabella, and Emily Fabel

 

CET Staff informational tabling at Waste Wise

 

Emily Fabel of CET, speaking on RecyclingWorks services and updates

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